American author who wrote the literary traditional, Invisible Man, which addresses sociable identity issues facing African-Americans in the early-to-mid 20th century. The novel received the Country wide Book Honor for Fiction in 1953. He went to the Tuskegee Institute on the musical scholarship or grant and spent a lot of his amount of time in the collection reading contemporary classics. Later on, he relocated to NEW YORK to study artwork, and he became involved with Communist circles. He was the 1969 receiver of the Presidential Medal of Independence, and he became a member of NY University’s humanities faculty the next yr. He and his sibling had been the Oklahoma City-born kids of Ida Millsap and Lewis Alfred Ellison. He was wedded to Rose Poindexter from 1938 to 1945. He was called honoring writer Ralph Waldo Emerson.