Ralph Ellison | Critical Essay by Edith Schor

This literature criticism consists of approximately 31 pages of analysis & critique of Ralph Ellison.
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SOURCE: Schor, Edith. “Short Stories: Early Explorations.” In Visible Ellison: A Study of Ralph Ellison's Fiction, pp. 15-36. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1993.

In the following essay, Schor underscores the importance of Ellison's early stories as “the arena for his discovery of the appropriate forms to express the African-American experience and for working out the meaning of the experience for himself.”

Upon publication of Invisible Man, critical comment encompassed, indeed often centered upon, Ellison's treatment of African-American experience. The general reaction can be summarized by Harvey Breit's comment: “What is exciting about it is that it hasn't really been written about except in a sociological way. That which for the sociologist presents itself as racial conflict becomes for the novelist the American form of the human drama.”1 Since then, the relationship of African-American experience...

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