by Ralph Ellison
Invisible Man is a milestone in American literature, a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952. A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of “the Brotherhood”, and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be. The book is a passionate and witty tour de force of style, strongly influenced by T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, Joyce, and Dostoevsky. (Description taken from amazon.com.)
Wednesday, October 9
Talk by Russell Lord, Freeman Family Curator of Photographs
All Book Club discussion groups and special programs start promptly at noon. Please come at 11:30 a.m. if you would like to eat a sack lunch and chat with friends. NOMA provides soft drinks and water.
To join the NOMA Book Club and to RSVP for meetings call Sheila Cork at (504) 658-4117 or email email@example.com.
The Museum Shop offers a 20% discount on NOMA Book Club items when you show your Book Club card.