ENG 102: English Comp. II

Professor Tia Juana Malone

Ralph Ellison

Topic: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

This guide is designed to help you research Ralph Ellison. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
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Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

  • "Invisible Man"
  • "Ralph Ellison"
  • "Invisible Man" and “Literary Criticism”


Invisible Man: PS3555.L625 I5 2002

Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: a political companion to Invisible Man: PS3555.L625 I5356 2004

Cultural Context for Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man: PS3555.L625 I5328 1995

Reference Books


African American Writers, New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, 2001. Ref. PS153.N5 A344 2001
American Ethnic Writers, Hackensack, New Jersey : Salem Press, Inc, 2000. Ref. PS153.M56 A414 2000
American Writers: a collection of literary biographies, New York : Charles Scribner's Son's, 1981-. Ref. PS129 .A55
Contemporary Authors: A Bio-biographical Guide to Current Writers in Fiction, General Nonfiction, Poetry, Journalism, Drama, Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1962-. Ref. Z1224 .C58

Literary Criticism

African American Literary Criticism, 1773 to 2000, by Hazel Arnet Ervin, New York : Twayne Publishers, 1999.
Ref. PS153.N5 A33 1999
Black Literature Criticism, Detroit : Gale Tresearch Co., 1992-. Ref. PS153.N5 B556 1992
Contemporary Literary Criticism, Detroit : Gale Research Co., 1973-. Ref. PN771 .C59


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodicals section for articles about Ralph Ellison.
  • Contemporary Literature


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Literary Reference Center

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Web sites

There are many good Ralph Ellison web sites on the internet. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Lesley Universityhas a very good guide.

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General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 10/02/09 by Wiliam Hoag: whoag@rcc.mass.edu