Ralph Ellison and The Educated, Articulate, Self-Aware Invisible Man
- "Soon after his move to New York in 1936, his book
reviews, short stories, and articles began to appear
in numerous magazines and anthologies, and Ellison
was on his way to becoming an acclaimed author.
Ellison described `Invisible Man', published in 1952,
as "a novel about innocence and human error,
a struggle through illusion to reality."
Ellison claimed that his novel comprised
"a series of reversals," providing a
"portrait of the artist as rabble-rouser."
Responding to questions concerning the
narrator's journey as a reflection of the
"black" struggle for justice and equality,
Ellison contended that "there is
"no dichotomy between art and protest".
To illustrate, he cited works such as Cervantes' `Don
Quixote'and Dostoyevski's `Notes from Underground',
arguing that these literary works not only embody
protest against social and political constraints,
but ultimately protest against the
limitations of human life itself.