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Flying Home and Other Stories by Ralph Ellison. New York. 1996. Random House. hardcover. 179 pages. December 1996.  Jacket design: Andy Carpenter. Edited & With An Introduction by John F. Callahan. 0679457046.

 

 

0679457046FROM THE PUBLISHER -

   Written between 1937 and 1954 and collected here for the first time, FLYING HOME AND OTHER STORIES represents the best of INVISIBLE MAN author Ralph Ellison’s short fiction. There are thirteen pieces, six of which were never published in Ellison’s lifetime. Ellison draws on his early experiences – his father’s death when he was three; hoboing his way on a freight train to Tuskegee Institute to follow his early dreams of becoming a musician - to create stories that, according to The Washington Post, ‘approach the simple elegance of Chekhov.’ FLYING HOME fulfills Ralph Ellison’s desire to publish a short-story collection, but it wasn’t until his literary executor John F. Callahan, discovered a folder marked ‘Early Stories’ in Ellison’s apartment after the writer’s death that this collection began to take shape. According to Callahan, ‘Discovery of the half dozen early stories made it possible to put together a volume of Ellison’s best published and unpublished freestanding fiction. These stories are early explorations of his lifelong fascination with the complex fate and beautiful absurdity of American identity. In them, a young writer finds his voice and sets about mastering his craft.’

 

 

 

Ellison Ralph  RALPH ELLISON was born in Oklahoma City in 1914. He is the author of INVISIBLE MAN (1952), which won the National Book Award and became one of the most important and influential postwar American novels. He published two volumes of nonfiction, SHADOW AND ACT (1964) and GOING TO THE TERRITORY (1986), which, together with unpublished speeches and writings, were brought together as THE COLLECTED ESSAYS OF RALPH ELLISON IN 1995. For more than forty years before his death in 1994, Ralph Ellison lived with his wife, Fanny McConnell, on Riverside Drive in Harlem in New York City.

 

 

Callahan John E  JOHN F CALLAHAN was born in Meriden, Connecticut. He is Morgan S. Odell Professor of Humanities at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. His books include THE ILLUSIONS OF A NATION and IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN GRAIN. He is the editor of the Modern Library edition of THE COLLECTED ESSAYS OF RALPH ELLISON and is literary executor of Ralph Ellison’s estate.

 

 

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