Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison.
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American Library Association2010Excerpts banned in Butler, PA (1975). Removed from the high school English reading list in St. Francis, WI (1975). Retained in the Yakima, WA schools (1994) after a five-month dispute over what advanced high school students should read in the classroom. Two parents raised concerns about profanity and images of violence and sexuality in the book and requested that it be removed from the reading list.
Book Summary2011The nameless black narrator living in an underground “hole” in New York City, brilliantly lighted by electricity he taps from Monopolated Light and Power, is invisible because people with whom he comes in contact “see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination.” Such vision is illustrated by his reminiscences of the Kafkaesque pilgrimage he has made from his beginnings in the South. ("Invisible Man" The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature. James D. Hart. Oxford University Press, 1986. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Middlesex School. 13 March 2009 )
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