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Ralph Ellison

Ralph EllisonAKA Ralph Waldo Ellison

Born: 1-Mar-1914
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, OK
Died: 16-Apr-1994
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: Cancer - Pancreatic
Remains: Buried, Trinity Churchyard Cemetery, Manhattan, NY

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Novelist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Invisible Man

Military service: WWII

Father: Lewis Alfred Ellison (d. 19-Jul-1916)
Mother: Ida Millsap Ellison
Brother: Herbert M. Ellison (b. Jun-1916)
Wife: Rose Poindexter (m. 1938, div. 1945)
Wife: Fanny McConnell Buford Ellison (m. 1946, until his death, d. 19-Nov-2005)

    High School: Douglass High School, Oklahoma City, OK (1932)
    University: Tuskegee University (left 1936)
    Professor: Bard College
    Professor: Rutgers University
    Professor: University of Chicago
    Professor: New York University
    Administrator: Trustee, New School for Social Research (1969-82)
    Administrator: Trustee, Bennington College, Bennington, VT (1970-75)
    Administrator: Board of Visitors, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC (1972-85)

    Century Association (1964)
    Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board of Trustees (1971-84)
    Kennedy Center Trustee (1967-77)
    Museum of the City of New York Board of Directors (1970-85)
    Presidential Medal of Freedom (1969)
    National Book Award for Fiction 1953 for Invisible Man
    National Medal of Arts 1985

Author of books:
Invisible Man (1952, novel)
Shadow and Act (1964, essays)
Going to the Territory (1986, essays)
Flying Home and Other Stories (1996, short stories)


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