♥ Book Title : Conversations with Ralph Ellison
☯ Full Synopsis : "Having published only one novel, Ralph Ellison gained and retained a reputation as one of America's premier authors. Though urged by his admirers and by critics to write more, at the time of his death in 1994 Ellison's renown rested upon a novel published in the 1950s. He remained at the peak of his eminence, acclaimed principally for this single work. But this astonishing book was Invisible Man, one of the cornerstones of modern American literature. In these interviews the author of this masterpiece proves himself intellectually vigorous, witty, and sometimes combative. These conversations about himself and about literature show him to be strongly independent, whether his remarks consider race, art, writing, or culture."Article| Ralph Ellison| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Conversations with Margaret Walker
☯ Full Synopsis : "I read somewhere in Newsweek where Margaret Walker is one of those moral writers and that is supposed to be a form of derision. But to me, I could not have a greater compliment." Margaret Walker (1915-1998) began her writing career as a poet in the late 1930s. But she was cast into the limelight in 1966 when her novel Jubilee was published to wide critical and commercial acclaim. In interviews ranging from 1972 to 1996, Conversations with Margaret Walker captures Walker's voice as she discusses an incredibly wide range of interests. The same erudition, wit, and love of language on display in Jubilee comes through in conversations, as well as her sense of moral authority--imbued by a resonant Christian humanism--and her attention to historical detail. In a long 1972 conversation with fellow poet Nikki Giovanni, Walker argues about the tribulations and triumphs of motherhood, the presence of black women in literature, and race relations in American culture from 1900 to the present. With Marcia Greenlee in 1977, she talks extensively about her family's history and her love of botany. In several of the interviews, her friendship with Richard Wright rises to the forefront. Even in her interviews with Claudia Tate and John Griffin Jones, in which the interviewers try to direct the conversations toward the mechanics and thought processes behind Walker's writing, the talks often sweep into broader issues of African American culture, family history, and the past's influence on the present. This collection amply shows that Margaret Walker was a writer who considered her work to be deeply influenced by the culture around her. She viewed her writing as part of her larger life and not separate or distanced from her existence. Bracingly direct, witty, and oddly charming, the writer in Conversations with Margaret Walker is complicated, passionate, forceful, and piercingly intelligent. Maryemma Graham, a professor of English at the University of Kansas, is the co-editor of Conversations with Ralph Ellison (University Press of Mississippi). She also edited How I Wrote Jubilee and Other Essays on Life and Literature by Margaret Walker, and On Being Female, Black and Free: Essays by Margaret Walker, 1932�1992."Article| Margaret Walker| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Ralph Ellison
☯ Full Synopsis : "Provides a biography of African American author Ralph Ellison along with critical views of his work."Article| Harold Bloom| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Ralph Ellison and Kenneth Burke
☯ Full Synopsis : "Ralph Ellison and Kenneth Burke focuses on the little-known but important friendship between two canonical American writers. The story of this fifty-year friendship, however, is more than literary biography; Bryan Crable argues that the Burke-Ellison relationship can be interpreted as a microcosm of the American "racial divide." Through examination of published writings and unpublished correspondence, he reconstructs the dialogue between Burke and Ellison about race that shaped some of their most important works, including Burke's A Rhetoric of Motives and Ellison's Invisible Man. In addition, the book connects this dialogue to changes in American discourse about race. Crable shows that these two men were deeply connected, intellectually and personally, but the social division between white and black Americans produced hesitation, embarrassment, mystery, and estrangement where Ellison and Burke might otherwise have found unity. By using Ellison’s nonfiction and Burke’s rhetorical theory to articulate a new vocabulary of race, the author concludes not with a simplistic "healing" of the divide but with a challenge to embrace the responsibility inherent to our social order. American Literatures Initiative"Article| Bryan Crable| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Conversations with Leon Forrest
☯ Full Synopsis : "A collection of interviews in which African-American author Leon Forrest discusses his life, works, artistic vision, and more."Article| Leon Forrest| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Conversations with Chester Himes
☯ Full Synopsis : "Collected interviews with the celebrated African American novelist"Article| Chester B. Himes| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Cambridge Companion to Ralph Ellison
☯ Full Synopsis : "Ralph Ellison's classic 1952 novel Invisible Man is one of the most important and controversial novels in the American canon and remains widely read and studied. This Companion provides an introduction to this influential and significant novelist and critic and to his masterpiece. It features essays by leading scholars, a chronology and a guide to further reading. The essays reveal alternative dimensions of Ellison's art radiating out from Invisible Man into other domains - technology, political theory, law, photography, music, religion - and recover the compelling urgency and relevance of Ellison's political and artistic vision. Since Ellison's death his published oeuvre has been expanded by several major volumes - his collected essays, the fragment of a novel, Juneteenth (1999), letters and short stories - examined here in the context of his life and work. Students and scholars of Ellison and of American and African-American literature will find this an invaluable and accessible guide."Article| Ross Posnock| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Blacks and Jews in Literary Conversation
☯ Full Synopsis : "Explores the works of leading black and Jewish writers from the 1950s to the 1980s."Article| E. Miller Budick| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : A Historical Guide to Ralph Ellison
☯ Full Synopsis : "Ralph Ellison has been a controversial figure, both lionized and vilified, since he seemed to burst onto the national literary scene in 1952 with the publication of Invisible Man. In this volume Steven C. Tracy has gathered a broad range of critics who look not only at Ellison's seminal novel but also at the fiction and nonfiction work that both preceded and followed it, focusing on important historical and cultural influences that help contextualize Ellison's thematic concerns and artistic aesthetic. These essays, all previously unpublished, explore how Ellison's various apprenticeships--in politics as a Black radical; in music as an admirer and practitioner of European, American, and African-American music; and in literature as heir to his realist, naturalist, and modernist forebears--affected his mature literary productions, including his own careful molding of his literary reputation. They present us with a man negotiating the difficult sociopolitical, intellectual, and artistic terrain facing African Americans as America was increasingly forced to confront its own failures with regard to the promise of the American dream to its diverse populations. These wide-ranging historical essays, along with a brief biography and an illustrated chronology, provide a concise yet authoritative discussion of a twentieth-century American writer whose continued presence on the stage of American and world literature and culture is now assured."Article| Steven C. Tracy| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Conversations with James Baldwin
☯ Full Synopsis : "Selected interviews with the American writer shares his observations on his life and career, politics, Civil Rights, and the role of the artist"Article| James Baldwin| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Wrestling with the Left
☯ Full Synopsis : "An in-depth analysis of the composition of Invisible Man and Ralph Ellison s move away from the radical left during his writing of the novel between 1945 and 1952."Article| Barbara Foley| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Critical Response to Ralph Ellison
☯ Full Synopsis : "Since the publication of Invisible Man in 1952, Ralph Ellison has been widely recognized as a major writer who has made lasting contributions to American, African American, and modernist traditions. This book traces the response to his works from the initial reviews of Invisible Man to the posthumous publication of Ellison's second novel, Juneteenth, in 1999. While the bulk of the volume includes previously published essays and reviews of Invisible Man, the book also includes sections devoted to Ellison's short fiction and nonfiction. It concludes with several posthumous estimates of Ellison's work and a selected bibliography of primary and secondary materials."Article| Robert Butler| Statement ..."