“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free": First Edition of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man; Signed by Him

  • Invisible Man.

Invisible Man.

Item Number: 37042

New York: Random House, 1952.

First edition of the author’s landmark first novel, which went on to win the National Book Award. Octavo, original black and tan cloth. Boldly signed by Ralph Ellison on the title page. Very good in an excellent dust jacket with only light rubbing to the spine extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

Ralph Ellison’s first novel is "one of the most important works of the 20th century" (New York Times). It went on to win the National Book Award in 1953. It was named by Modern Library as one of the 100 greatest novels of the twentieth century and to TIME Magazine's 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005, calling it "the quintessential American picaresque of the 20th century." According to The New York Times, President Barack Obama modeled his memoir Dreams from My Father on Ellison's novel.