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ELLISON, Ralph, [Dorothy Peterson]
Invisible Man (INSCRIBED/SIGNED association copy)
New York: Random House, 1952. First Edition, sixth printing. Original cloth. Very good/good +. ELLISON, Ralph, Invisible Man (INSCRIBED/SIGNED association copy), Random House, NY, 1952. 1 blank leave (with inscription) + half-title page + TP + 1 leaf = dedication “To Ida” + 1 leaf = epigraph + half-title page + 3 - 439 + 1 blank leaf, Octavo. First edition, 6th printing. The existential odyssey of a young African-American man. Arguably one of the most important novels in the canon of American Literature, it can be read through the lenses of philosophy, American literature, psychoanalysis, civil rights. Ellison, inspired by Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground, imagines the alienated voice of his unnamed narrator—faced with the paradoxes of a journey to self—constrained by the limits of his society. Just as Dostoevsky's narrator is both the product of and trapped within the intellectual structures of a Chernyshevskian world, Ellison's narrator is both a product of and trapped within the social structures of a segregationist world. Journeying through a crucible of self discovery eventually leads him to freedom. An important association copy, signed and inscribed to Dorothy Peterson. Dorothy Peterson (1897-1978) moved to Harlem in the 1920s to attend New York University. In 1929 she co-founded the Negro Experimental Theater. Dorothy Peterson was a Spanish teacher, aspiring actress, novelist, and arts patron actively engaged with writers and artists of the Harlem Renaissance. As an active patron of the arts, she founded the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of Negr … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Eternal Return Antiquarian Bookshop [San Diego, CA, U.S.A.]

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