Ralph W Ellison

Ralph W Ellison

Ralph Ellison (1914-1994) was born in Oklahoma and studied music at Tuskegee Institute from 1933 to 1936, during which time he made his first attempts at fiction after a trip to New York and a meeting with Richard Wright. The National Book Award was given to Invisible Man. Ellison was elected to the Academy of American Arts and Letters in 1964 and lectured at a number of colleges and universities, including Bard College, the University of Chicago, and New York University, where he was the Albert Schweitzer Professor of Humanities.