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Trading Twelves The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray

ISBN-10: 0375708057
ISBN-13: 9780375708053
Edition: 2001
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Description: Trading Twelves is an absorbing collection of letters that spans a decade in the lifelong friendship between two remarkable writers. The letters concern literature, race and identity and are written with deep clarity and passion.

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/15/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Trading Twelves is an absorbing collection of letters that spans a decade in the lifelong friendship between two remarkable writers. The letters concern literature, race and identity and are written with deep clarity and passion.

Ralph Ellison (March 1, 1914 - April 16, 1994) has the distinction of being one of the few writers who has established a firm literary reputation on the strength of a single work of long fiction. Writer and teacher, Ralph Ellison was born in Oklahoma City, studied at Tuskegee Institute, and has lectured at New York, Columbia, and Fisk universities and at Bard College. He received the Prix de Rome from the Academy of Arts and Letters in 1955, and in 1964 he was elected a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He has contributed short stories and essays to various publications. Invisible Man (1952), his first novel, won the National Book Award for 1953 and is considered an impressive work. It is a vision of the underground man who is also the invisible African American, and its possessor has employed this subterranean view and viewer to so extraordinary an advantage that the impression of the novel is that of a pioneer work. A book of essays, Shadow and Act, which discusses the African American in America and Ellison's Oklahoma boyhood, among other topics, appeared in 1964. Ralph Ellison died on April 16, 1994 of pancreatic cancer and was interred in a crypt at Trinity Church Cemetery in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan.

Albert Murray was born in Nokomis, Alabama, in 1916. He was educated at Tuskegee Institute, where he later taught literature & directed the college theater. He is the author of many works of fiction & nonfiction, including "The Seven League Boots", "The Blue Devils of Nada" & "The Spyglass Tree". He lives in New York City.

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