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The book "Invisible Man" sits on a solid maroon background. The book cover depicts a graphic image of a face  in 3/4 view using white and maroon,  with two white perpendiular crossed lines superimposed. The words "a novel" and "BY RALPH ELLISON" also appear o the book cover.

Race, Identity & Alienation in the American Novel

TUESDAY MAY 18, 2021 5:00 PM PDT

Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man has continuing--even surging--relevance today. It anticipates the present political moment in which we are grappling with the tension between the founding principles of the United States and the failure to see them applied equitably to all citizens. This panel of authors, critics, and scholars dives into the ongoing resonances of Invisible Man as well as the importance of Ellison’s other writing, including his essays, writing for magazines and newspapers, and an unfinished second novel.

Novelist and Some Favorite Writers host Mona Simpson joins author Danielle Evans and UCLA professor Adam Bradley, biographer of Ralph Ellison and author of the forthcoming annotated edition of the novel.


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