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Trading Twelves : Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray

Trading Twelves : Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray - 00 edition

Trading Twelves : Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray - 00 edition

ISBN13: 9780375708053

ISBN10: 0375708057

Trading Twelves : Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray by Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray - ISBN 9780375708053
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Vintage Books
Published:
International: No
Trading Twelves : Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray by Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray - ISBN 9780375708053

ISBN13: 9780375708053

ISBN10: 0375708057

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 00

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Summary

This absorbing collection of letters spans a decade in the lifelong friendship of two remarkable writers who engaged the subjects of literature, race, and identity with deep clarity and passion.

The correspondence begins in 1950 when Ellison is living in New York City, hard at work on his enduring masterpiece, Invisible Man, and Murray is a professor at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Mirroring a jam session in which two jazz musicians "trade twelves"--each improvising twelve bars of music around the same musical idea-their lively dialog centers upon their respective writing, the jazz they both love so well, on travel, family, the work literary contemporaries (including Richard Wright, James Baldwin, William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway) and the challenge of racial inclusiveness that they wish to pose to America through their craft. Infused with warmth, humor, and great erudition, Trading Twelves offers a glimpse into literary history in the making--and into a powerful and enduring friendship.