Invisible Man

Reception

Critic Orville Prescott of The New York Times called the novel "the most impressive work of fiction by an American Negro which I have ever read," and felt it marked "the appearance of a richly talented writer." [13] Novelist Saul Bellow in his review found it "a book of the very first order, a superb book...it is tragi-comic, poetic, the tone of the very strongest sort of creative intelligence."[14] George Mayberry of The New Republic said Ellison "is a master at catching the shape, flavor and sound of the common vagaries of human character and experience."[15]

Literary critic Harold Bloom ranked Invisible Man, alongside Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, as one of the best African American twentieth century novels.[16]

Anthony Burgess described the novel as "a masterpiece".[17]


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