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Baumbach, Jonathan. The Landscape of Nightmare. New York: New York University Press, 1965.

Bone, Robert. Anger and Beyond. New York: Harper & Row, 1966.

Gibson, Donald B., ed. Five Black Writers. New York: New York University Press, 1970.

Glicksberg, Charles I. "The Symbolism of Vision." Southwest Review 39 (Summer 1954), pp. 259-65.

Hersey, John, ed. Ralph Ellison: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1970.

Horowitz, Ellin. "The Rebirth of the Artist." In Richard Kostelanetz, ed. On Contemporary Literature. New York: Avon Books, 1964.

Horowitz, Floyd R. "Ralph Ellison's Modern Version of Brer Bear and Brer Rabbit in Invisible Man." Midcontinent American Studies Journal IV (2) (1963): 21-27.

Howe, Irving. A World More Attractive. New York: Horizon Press, 1963.

Kaiser, Ernest. "Negro Images in American Writing." Freedomways 7 (Spring 1967), pp. 152-63.

Klein, Marcus. After Alienation. Cleveland and New York: World Publishing Co., 1964.

Neal, Larry. "Ellison's Zoot Suit." Black World 20 (2) (December 1970), pp. 31-50.

Olderman, Raymond. "Ralph Ellison's Blues and Invisible Man." Wisconsin Studies in Literature 7 (1966): 142-57.

O'Meally, Robert G. The Craft of Ralph Ellison. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1980.

_____. "Ralph Ellison's Invisible Novel." The New Republic (January 17, 1981), pp. 26- 29.

Reilly, John M., ed. Twentieth Century Interpretations of Invisible Man. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1970.

Rovit, Earl H. "Ralph Ellison and the American Comic Tradition." Wisconsin Studies in Contemporary Literature 1 (Fall 1960), pp. 34-42.

Schafer, William J. "Ralph Ellison and the Birth of the Anti-Hero." Critique 10 (1968): 81-93.

Tanner, Tony. In City of Words: American Fiction, 1950-1970. New York: Harper & Row, 1971.

Vogler, Thomas A. "Invisible Man: Somebody's Protest Novel." Iowa Review 1 (Spring 1970), pp. 64-82.


Invisible Man is Ellison's first and only published novel. Since the publication of Invisible Man in 1952, Ellison has worked extensively on another novel, portions of which have been published as short stories. The long-awaited second novel had not appeared by the mid-1980s. Ellison's only other book-length work is Shadow and Act (New York: Random House, 1964), a collection of essays and interviews. Ellison's most important stories, essays, and interviews are listed below by title and date of original publication.


"Flying Home," In Edwin Seaver, ed. Cross Section. New York: L. B. Fischer, 1944, pp. 469-85.

"King of the Bingo Game," Tomorrow 3 (July 1944), pp. 29-33.

"And Hickman Arrives." Noble Savage 1 (1960): 5-49.


"Richard Wright's Blues." Antioch Review, 5 (Summer 1945), pp. 198-211.

"The World and the Jug," New Leader 46 (9 December 1963), pp. 22-26.

"Hidden Name and Complex Fate," In Ralph Ellison and Karl Shapiro, eds. The Writer's Experience. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1964, pp. 1-15.

"Remembering Jimmy," Saturday Review 41 (July 12, 1958), pp. 36-37.

"Introduction" to Invisible Man. Thirtieth Anniversary Edition. New York: Vintage Books, 1982.


"The Art of Fiction: An Interview," Paris Review 8 (Spring 1955), pp. 55-71.

"That Same Pain, That Same Pleasure: An Interview." R. G. Stern. December 3 (Winter 1961), pp. 30-32, 37-46.

"Introduction: A Completion of Personality" (interview with John Hersey). In John Hersey, ed. Ralph Ellison: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1974.

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