Trading Twelves: The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray

Trading Twelves: The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray

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This absorbing collection of letters spans a decade in the lifelong friendship of two remarkable writers who engaged the subjects of literature, race, and identity with deep clarity and passion.

The correspondence begins in 1950 when Ellison is living in New York City, hard at work on his enduring masterpiece, Invisible Man, and Murray is a professor at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Mirroring a jam session in which two jazz musicians "trade twelves"—each improvising… (more)

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Publisher: Vintage (April 28, 2010)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 272 pages

File size: 3.1 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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