Shadow and Act

Shadow and Act

Book - 1964
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Essays concerned with literature and folklore, Negro musical expression and the complex relationship between the Negro American and North American culture as a whole.
Publisher: New York, Random House [1964]
Branch Call Number: 814 E46s
Characteristics: xxii, 317 pages 22 cm

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May 08, 2018

Ralph Ellison's reputation essentially rests on one book, his groundbreaking 1952 novel "Invisible Man." He never wrote another novel, although "Juneteeth," assembled from a huge manuscript, was published after his death. For those who wish he wrote more, there is this illuminating and insightful collection of essays, which cover music, culture, literature, and politics, specifically through a black lens. Ellison trained a a musician and has a lot to say about jazz in particular.

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