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Shadow and Act Characters & Character Analysis

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Important People

Ralph Ellison

Ralph Ellison is the writer of all the essays contained in Shadow and Act, the intellect and experience behind the analysis they contain, and a voice of hope in the at times hopeless, usually oppressive world he describes. Throughout the book are scattered a few biographical details - born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, studied to be a classical composer, turned to writing in his twenties, was mentored by Richard Wright (an early Negro novelist), and published a well received novel, Invisible Man. It's interesting to note, however, that the book contains relatively few specific references to what he did or what he experienced during all these phases of his life. Ellison's writing, at least in this collection of essays, tends to focus on what he's learned and come to understand since becoming a writer, about both his life and the various socio-cultural contexts in...

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