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BOOKCASE 1 through 8Books, 1955-2010
Books from Ralph Ellison's personal library.
Arranged alphabetically primary by title.
A/IV/412 million black voices: a folk history of the Negro in the United States. By Richard Wright. Text by Richard Wright. Photo-direction by Edwin Rosskam. New York : Viking Press, 1941.
Hardcover / dust jacket missing.
Inscribed by Ralph Ellison: "date of publication 11/3/41" on front free end paper.
Inscribed to Ralph Ellison by Dick (Wright?).
Parts of dust jacket inserted.
Deck E20 best plays of the modern American theatre. Edited with an introduction by John Gassner. New York : Crown Publishers, 1939.
Inscribed to Ralph Ellison by his wife Fanny on front free endpaper: "A birthday present from Fanny 1984."
Laid-in items removed and housed separately; filed immediately adjacent to this book.
Deck E31 letters and 13 dreams. By Richard Hugo. New York : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1977.
1st Edition.
Laid-in items removed and housed separately; filed immediately adjacent to this book.
A/II/577 dream songs. By John Berryman. New York : Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, [c1964].
Hardcover / dust jacket.
Inscribed to Ralph and Fanny Ellison.
B/V/4ABC of reading. By Ezra Pound. Norfolk, CT : New Directions, [1951?].
Hardcover / dust jacket, plastic cover.
Signed by Ralph Ellison on front free endpaper.
Deck EAbout fiction: Reverent reflections on the nature of fiction with irreverent observations on writers, readers, and other abuses. By Wright Morris. New York : Harper & Row, 1975.
1st Edition.
Laid-in letter from the publisher removed and housed separately; filed immediately adjacent to this book.
B/VI/3About people. By William Steig. New York : Duel, Sloan, and Pearce, [c1939].
Hardcover / dust jacket.
Signed by Ralph Ellison on front free endpaper.
A/VII/3About the house. By W.H. Auden. New York : Random House, [c1965].
1st printing.
Hardcover / dust jacket, plastic cover.
A/VII/4Abraham Lincoln goes to New York. By Andrew A. Freeman. New York : Coward-McCann, Inc., [c1960].
Hardcover / dust jacket.
A/VII/4Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1858. By Albert J. Beveridge. In two volumes. Boston and New York : Houghton Mifflin Co., [c1928].
First impression.
Hardcover.
Vol. 1.
Price mark on pastedown.
Deck EAbsalom, Absalom! Introduction by Harvey Breit. By William Faulkner. New York : The Modern Library / Random House, 1951.
1st Modern Library Edition.
Signed by Ellison on front free endpaper and title page.
Deck EThe academic revolution. By Christopher Jencks and David Riesman. Garden City, NY : Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1968.
B/I/2The achievement of T.S. Eliot: an essay on the nature of poetry. By F.O. Matthiessen. New York : Oxford University Press, 1947.
Hardcover / dust jacket.
Signed by Ralph Ellison on front free end paper.
Marks on back front free endpaper.
B/I/3The achievement of William Faulkner. By Michael Millgate. New York : Random House, [c1966].
1st printing.
Hardcover / dust jacket.
Signed by Ralph Ellison on front free end paper.
B/II/1Across the river and into the trees. By Ernest Hemingway. New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, 1950.
[1st edition, first printing].
Hardcover / dust jacket.
Signed by Ralph Ellison on front free end paper.
B/IV/4Across the Wide Missouri. By Bernard DeVoto. Illustrated with paintings by Alfred Jacob Miller. With an account of the discovery of the Miller Collection by Mae Reed Porter. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 1947.
Hardcover.
B/V/5Act and the Actor: making the self. By Harold Rosenberg. New York : World Publishing, [1972].
Paperback.
Signed by Ralph Ellison on half-title.
Cigar invoice inserted.
Deck EAct and the actor: Making the self. By Harold Rosenberg. New York : The World Publishing Company, 1973.
An Nal Book.
Some underlining throughout.
Deck EAda or Ardor: A family chronicle in five parts. By Vladimir Nabokov. New York : McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1969.
Laid-in letter from publisher removed and housed separately; filed immediately adjacent to this book.
Deck EAdlai Stevenson. By Lillian Ross. Philadelphia, PA : J.B. Lippincott Company, 1966.
1st Edition.
Deck EAdventures in the Alaskan skin trade. By John Hawkes. New York : Simon and Schuster, 1985.
Laid-in card from publisher removed and housed separately; filed immediately adjacent to this book.
A/II/5The adventures of Augie March. By Saul Bellow. New York : Viking Press, 1953.
Inscribed to Ralph Ellison by the author.
Notes on pastedown.
B/III/1The adventures of Huckleberry Finn. With illustrations from the 1885 first edition by Edward Winsor Kemble. By Mark Twain. Franklin Center,PA : Franklin Library, [c1979].
Hardcover.
B/III/1The adventures of Huckleberry Finn. By Mark Twain. With an introduction by T.S. Eliot. London : Cresset Press, 1950.
Hardcover.
Signed by Ralph Ellison on front free endpaper.
Notes on front pastedown.
A/V/5The adventures of Robinson Crusoe. By Daniel Defoe. With the color woodcuts of Pierre Falke. Franklin Center, PA : Franklin Library, [c1979].
Hardcover.
B/III/1The adventures of Tom Sawyer. By Mark Twain. With the illustrations of T.W. Williams. Franklin Center,PA : Franklin Library, [c1983].
Hardcover.
A/IV/3Adversity and grace: studies in recent American literature. Edited by Nathan A. Scott, Jr. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [c1968].
Hardcover / dust jacket.
Essays in Divinity Series, Vol.40.
Inscribed to Ralph and Fanny Ellison on front free endpaper.
B/III/4Aeschylus and Athens: a study in the social origins of drama. By George Thomson. London : Lawrence and Wishart, [1946].
Hardcover.
Signed by Ralph Ellison on front free endpaper.
Marks within.
A/V/4Aesop's fables. By Aesop. From translation of Thomas James and George Tyler Townsend. Franklin Center, PA : Franklin Library, [c1982].
Hardcover.
A/V/1Africa dances. By Geoffrey Gorer. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [c.1935].
1st American edition.
Hardcover / --.
Signature of Ralph Ellison on the front free end paper.
A/V/1The Africa reader. Edited and with introduction by Wilfred Cartey and Martin Kilson. New York : Random House, [c.1970].
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