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Ralph Ellison
Born Ralph Waldo Ellison
(1914-03-01)March 1, 1914
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, US
Died April 16, 1994(1994-04-16) (aged 80)
New York City
Occupation Writer
Genres Essay, criticism, novel, short story
Notable work(s) Invisible Man
Notable award(s)

Ralph Waldo Ellison (March 1, 1913April 16, 1994) was an African-American writer. He was born in Oklahoma and studied at the Tuskegee Institute.

Ellison is most famous for writing Invisible Man, a novel about racism and African American identity. The narrator of the book calls himself an invisible man because people refuse to see him for who he really is. Invisible Man won a National Book Award and is still read today by many students and scholars.

Besides Invisible Man, Ellison wrote many essays. He was very interested in music, especially jazz. He started a second novel, called Juneteenth, but never finished it.

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