Click for a larger image of Shadow And Act

Shadow And Act
by Ralph Ellison

Publication Date:
List Price: $15.00
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
ISBN13: 9780679760009
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
Borrow from Library

Book Description:
With the same intellectual incisiveness and supple, stylish prose he brought to his classic novel Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison examines his antecedents and in so doing illuminates the literature, music, and culture of both black and white America. His range is virtuosic, encompassing Mark Twain and Richard Wright, Mahalia Jackson and Charlie Parker, The Birth of a Nation and the Dante-esque landscape of Harlem—“the scene and symbol of the Negro’s perpetual alienation in the land of his birth.” Throughout, he gives us what amounts to an episodic autobiography that traces his formation as a writer as well as the genesis of Invisible Man.

On every page, Ellison reveals his idiosyncratic and often contrarian brilliance, his insistence on refuting both black and white stereotypes of what an African American writer should say or be. The result is a book that continues to instruct, delight, and occasionally outrage readers.

book cover Shadow And ActMore books like Shadow And Act may be found by selecting the categories below:


Tell us what do you think about Shadow And Act.


Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors.
Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker.