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Ralph Ellison: Resources

by Sterling Lecater Bland, Jr.
Rutgers University
Newark, New Jersey

Web Sites
Films

Web Sites
Ralph Ellison Webliography
Arranged in the style of a conventional bibliography, the Ralph Ellison Webliography should be of use to those seeking background information about Ellison. Entries are arranged alphabetically within the categories of books and monographs, short stories, literary criticism, essays, art reviews, interviews, and lectures.
  Ralph Ellison Webliography

Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man
The focus here is primarily on Invisible Man. The site includes several influential reviews, as well as a very useful chapter summary of the novel.
  Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man

Teachers' Guild Lesson Plan: Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man Made Visible
A lesson plan that encourages students to combine literary analysis with the creation of individual Web pages.
  Teachers' Guild Lesson Plan: Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man Made Visible

Ralph Ellison AuthorSheet
Includes an extensive bibliography of criticism dedicated to the writing of Ralph Ellison.
  Ralph Ellison AuthorSheet

PAL: Perspectives in American Literature
Extensive bibliography and articles about the composition of Juneteenth.
  PAL: Perspectives in American Literature

Invisible Man Teacher's Guide
Background about Invisible Man, as well as a series of questions, exercises, and assignments designed to help students understand the novel.
  Invisible Man Teacher's Guide

Decoding Ralph Ellison
Accessible and thorough examination of Ellison's work and some of the important critical works that examine his writing. This site also includes a number of other useful links.
  Decoding Ralph Ellison

New York Times Conversation with Ralph Ellison
This is a brief excerpt of an interview of Ralph Ellison conducted in 1977 by Ishmael Reed, a novelist and poet. During the interview, Ellison discusses the tone of cultural superiority white critics adopt when they contemplate black creative work.
  New York Times Conversation with Ralph Ellison

Ralph Ellison Page
This is a useful starting point that contains a general overview of Ellison's life and work, as well as links to a number of resources.
  Ralph Ellison Page

PBS American Masters
This site is an excellent resource that provides an insightful biographical essay about Ellison; a career timeline; an interview with Avon Kirkland, the filmmaker who made the biographical film Ralph Ellison: An American Journey; and additional footage from the film.
  PBS American Masters

New York Times Reviews
This site features all New York Times newspaper reviews of Ralph Ellison's earlier books, as well as a comprehensive gathering of articles about Ralph Ellison that appeared in the New York Times.
  New York Times Reviews

Salon.com audio
This site contains an audio clip of the actor Joe Morton reading an excerpt from Invisible Man.
  Salon.com audio

The Ralph Ellison Project
The Ralph Ellison Project includes interviews with a number of figures whose work was influenced by Ellison.
  The Ralph Ellison Project

The Art of John Coltrane and Ralph Ellison
This site is entirely composed of an academic paper that examines the "Black American Experience" in terms of the identity politics addressed in the creative work of John Coltrane and Ralph Ellison.
  The Art of John Coltrane and Ralph Ellison

Ralph Ellison As Proletarian Journalist
This is a well-argued, comprehensively documented, scholarly article that examines Ellison's work from the perspective of the ways in which he was influenced by the outlook of the U.S. Communist left. By drawing on a varied collection of primary and secondary documentation, Foley argues that, while not a formal member of the Communist party, the ideas, culture, and politics produced in his journalist writings of 1937-44 closely reflect U.S. Marxist ideology.
  Ralph Ellison As Proletarian Journalist

Films
Ralph Ellison: The Self-Taught Writer (VHS). Director: Rex Barnett. Release date: 1995.
Provides a general overview of Ellison's life, focusing on the themes and ideas that influenced his writing of Invisible Man.

Ralph Ellison: An American Journey (VHS). Director: Avon Kirkland. Release date: 2001.
This biographical film closely examines Ellison's influences as a writer, as well as the social, political, and cultural discussions in the United States to which his life and work contributed.





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