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Arnold Rampersad
Arnold Rampersad

"The Enigma of Ralph Ellison"
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Thu., Sep. 27, 2007, 7:30pm
Location: Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium
Arnold Rampersad, the Sara Hart Kimball Professor of the Humanities and Professor of English at Stanford University, will give the Richard W. Gunn Memorial Lecture on "The Enigma of Ralph Ellison."

Professor Rampersad recently published the widely acclaimed and definitive Ralph Ellison: A Biography. Toni Morrison, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, observed that ?Ralph Ellison?s place in American literature demands a biography that is as eloquent, thorough, and wise as its subject. This is it. The book represents a flawless match of biographer and subject. In Arnold Rampersad?s hands, we fathom both the burden and measure of Ellison?s brilliance.?

Rampersad?s other books include The Art and Imagination of W.E.B. Du Bois (1976); the two-volume biography The Life of Langston Hughes (1986); Days of Grace: A Memoir (1993), which he co-authored with Arthur Ashe; and Jackie Robinson: A Biography (1997).

In addition, Professor Rampersad edited the Collected Poems of Langston Hughes; the two-volume edition of the works of Richard Wright published by the Library of America; and The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry. He and Shelley Fisher Fishkin co-edited the Race and American Culture series of books for Oxford University Press.

Awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 1991, Rampersad is also an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of English.
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