Emergence of Genius
"Dr. Lawrence Jackson’s remarkable biography of Ralph Ellison is an essential contribution to the scholarship on one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers. Painstakingly researched and exhaustive, this compelling portrait of Ellison clarifies his genius––and his intellectual era––for a new century."––Charles Johnson, National Book Award Winner and author of Middle Passage
"Lawrence Jackson’s absorbing biography of Ralph Ellison makes a vital contribution to American literary history."––Ross Posnock, English Department, New York University, Author of Color and Culture: Black Writers and the Making of the Modern Intellectual
"Professor Lawrence Jackson’s painstaking documentation of Ralph Ellison’s early life and the beginning of his literary career provides a much needed resource for Ellison’s readers and critics."––Horace Porter, author of Jazz Country: Ralph Ellison in America and Director of African Studies at the University of Iowa
"An eloquently written and exquisitely researched biography. There is nothing quite like it. Jackson breathes life into those hidden nooks and crannies of Ellison’s youth that would later become cannon fodder for the grown Ellison’s explorations. An utterly groundbreaking biography, the idea of Ralph Ellison will never be the same."––Jerry Watts, author of Heroism and the Black Intellectual: Ralph Ellison, Politics, and Afro-American Intellectual Life
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(The fragments were put together by Ellison's executor and published in 1999 as Juneteenth.) Material on Ellison's early years is hard to come by, and readers will find few of the anecdotes, letters or quotations that make up biographers' usual stock-in-trade.| Read Full Review of Ralph Ellison: Emergence of G...
Professor Jackson carefully situates Ellison's life in the times that so profoundly shaped his parents and the young Ellison.| Read Full Review of Ralph Ellison: Emergence of G...
Limited to the period immediately following the publication of Invisible Man, the biography begins with Ellison's family background and a social history of blacks in Oklahoma, particularly Oklahoma City, where Ellison spent his boyhood.| Read Full Review of Ralph Ellison: Emergence of G...