By Robert J. Butler
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.