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He attended the Tuskegee Institute on a musical scholarship and spent much of his time in the library reading modern classics Later he moved to New York City to study art and he became involved in Communist circles Trivia
He was the 1969 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and he joined New York University's humanities faculty the following year Family Life
He and his brother were the Oklahoma City-born children of Ida Millsap and Lewis Alfred He was married to Rose Poindexter from 1938 to 1945 Associated With
He was named in honor of author Waldo Emerson. Enrolls in the Tuskegee Institute an African-American university in Alabama to study music 1936 Moves to NYCIn search of money to pay his final year of tuition travels to New York City to work as a musician and to find other odd jobs He is unable to earn enough money and never returns to Tuskegee.
Invisible Man is published by Random House The book is a first-person narrative of an unnamed African-American man who battles against racial discrimination It is an instant bestseller Invisible Man comes to be regarded as one of the most important American novels of the twentieth century 1953 National Book Award receives the National Book Award for Invisible Man along with a host of other honors. Longtime friend Richard Wright dies of a heart attack in Paris at the age of 52 1962 Rutgers University teaches creative writing at Rutgers University 1964 Shadow and ActShadow and Act a collection of his short stories and essays is published. A fire guts 's home in the Berkshire Mountains destroying 300 pages of his second novel 1969 Presidential Medal of FreedomPresident
Ellison falls ill from a contaminated water supply on his Merchant Marine ship While on sick leave he begins writing Invisible Man The project will take him seven years to complete 1946 Second MarriageEllison marries Fanny McConnell. Richard Wright helps find a job with the New Deal-sponsored Federal Writers' Project As part of his new job writes an ethnography entitled "The Negro In New York."Also this year marries Rose Poindexter an actress The ends in divorce in 1945 1939 Left-Wing WritingOver the next few years publishes short stories essays and reviews in the Marxist newspaper New Masses and other left-wing publications. Logging out You've been inactive for a while logging you out in a few seconds Retires from his position at New York University where he taught for ten years 1986 Going to the TerritoryGoing to the Territory a second collection of stories and essays is published It is 's last published book during his lifetime Dies dies of pancreatic cancer at the age of 81 and is buried in New. 's literary executor publishes Juneteenth a 368-page novel taken from the 2,000 pages of work that completed toward his second novel A fuller version of the book is scheduled for release. Joins the Merchant Marine so he can "contribute to the war but [not] be in a Jim Crow army." He serves for two years as a cook 1944 Rosenwald Foundation GrantThe Rosenwald Foundation awards a grant to write.