Shadow and Act

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Author: Ellison, Ralph Waldo, (1913-1994) signed

Year: 1964

Publisher: Random House

Place: New York


xiv+317 pages with two page title. Octavo (8 1/2" x 5 3/4") bound in original publisher's green cloth with gilt lettering to spine with blind-stamped decoration to cover in original publisher's pictorial jacket. Signed by the author on former owner's book plate by the author, dates 2/14/65 on front end paper. First edition.

Shadow and Act is a collection of essays by Ralph Ellison, published in 1964. The writings encompass the two decades that began with Ellison's involvement with African-American political activism and print media in Harlem, Ellison's emergence as a highly acclaimed writer with the publication of Invisible Man, and culminating with his 1964 challenge of Irving Howe's characterization of African-American life, "Black Boys and Native Sons", with his now famous essay, "The World and the Jug". Ellison described it as exemplary of his "attempt to transform some of the themes, the problems, the enigmas, the contradictions of character and culture native to my predicament, into what Andre Malraux has described as 'conscious thought'."


Book-plate to front end paper with Ellison's signature above the owner's on book-plate. Jacket price clipped, light edge wear else a near fine copy in like jacket.

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