This well-known jazz and blues musician has a strong self-deprecating, almost clown-like performance style.
This is the nickname for the jazz performer Charlie Parker.
This person is the Oklahoma City musician Ellison calls the greatest of jazz guitarists.
This author writes under the pen name of Mark Twain.
This son of a Methodist minister wrote "The Red Badge of Courage."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is the author Ellison was named after.
This American author wrote "Intruder in the Dust."
This author wrote "The Old Man and the Sea" and was a writer Ellison claimed as a literary ancestor.
This Jewish-American author wrote an essay entitled "Black Boys and Native Sons" for the magazine New Leader.
Stanley Edgar Hyman
This professor was a friend of Ellison and an "old intellectual sparring partner."
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