Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Literary Education of Ralph Ellison

Tuskegee University ca. 1916

"Three novels above all gripped Ralph. Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, and Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure. Each has at its center a misunderstood young man, ambitious, tormented, transgressive; each this held a mirror up to his own nature."

R& continues to throw lightning bolts of truth at his target.

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