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Shadow and Act

(1964)
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With the same intellectual incisiveness and supple, stylish prose he brought to his classic novel Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison examines his antecedents and in so doing illuminates the literature, music, and culture of both black and white America. His range is virtuosic, encompassing Mark Twain and Richard Wright, Mahalia Jackson and Charlie Parker, The Birth of a Nation and the Dante-esque landscape of Harlem - "the scene and symbol of the Negro's perpetual alienation in the land of his birth." Throughout, he gives us what amounts to an episodic autobiography that traces his formation as a writer as well as the genesis of Invisible Man.
On every page, Ellison reveals his idiosyncratic and often contrarian brilliance, his insistence on refuting both black and white stereotypes of what an African American writer should say or be. The result is a book that continues to instruct, delight, and occasionally outrage readers thirty years after it was first published.

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Hardback Editions

March 1996 : Hardback

Title: Shadow and Act
Author(s): Ralph Ellison
ISBN: 9996313425 / 978-9996313424
Publisher: Texas Bookman
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March 1995 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Shadow and ACT
Author(s): Ralph Ellison
ISBN: 1-4176-7208-0 / 978-1-4176-7208-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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January 1967 : UK Hardback
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Title: Shadow and Act
Author(s): Ralph Ellison
ISBN: 0-436-14600-2 / 978-0-436-14600-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd
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Paperback Editions

March 1995 : USA Paperback
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Title: Shadow and Act
Author(s): Ralph Ellison
ISBN: 0-679-76000-8 / 978-0-679-76000-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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January 1972 : USA Paperback
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Title: Shadow and Act
Author(s): Ralph Ellison
ISBN: 0-394-71716-3 / 978-0-394-71716-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
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February 1972 : USA Paperback

Title: Shadow and Act
Author(s): Ralph Ellison
ISBN: 0-394-44505-8 / 978-0-394-44505-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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Kindle Editions

June 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Shadow and Act (Vintage International)
Author(s): Ralph Ellison
Publisher: Vintage
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