“Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison was first published in 1952. It was published by Random House.
The story explores many of the social and intellectual issues which face African Americans in the early 20th century. The plot also deals very effectively with the notion of Black Nationalism. It describes the relationship between black identity and Marxism.
The story also focuses upon the reformist racial policies of Booker T. Washington. It also deals with the issues of individuality and personal identity.
The anonymous narrator happens to be the protagonist of the novel, and through his character Ellison tries to convey all that went through the mind of a common black youth during that period.
Ready Reference Treatise: Invisible Man
Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: Plot Introduction
Chapter Three: Characters
Chapter Four: Complete Summary
Chapter Five: Critical Analysis