American novelistDied when: 80 years 46 days (961 months)
Star Sign: Pisces
Ralph Waldo Ellison (March 1, 1913 – April 16, 1994) was an African-American novelist, literary critic, and scholar best known for his novel Invisible Man, which won the National Book Award in 1953.
He also wrote Shadow and Act (1964), a collection of political, social and critical essays, and Going to the Territory (1986).For The New York Times, the best of these essays in addition to the novel put him "among the gods of America's literary Parnassus." A posthumous novel, Juneteenth, was published after being assembled from voluminous notes he left upon his death.