Invisible Man was first published in 1952, and in the 60 years since not enough has changed. The novel, which propelled an unknown Ellison into the spotlight, and won the National Book Award after sixteen weeks on the bestseller list, follows a nameless narrator from his childhood in the south to his adulthood in Harlem. Saying more is saying too much. It is a book to be read, not read about, and it is a cornerstone of literature that continues to be built upon and re-examined to this day.
By Ralph Ellison