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About the Author

Ralph Ellison was born in Oklahoma City in 1914. He is the author of the novel Invisible Man (1952), winner of the National Book Award and one of the most important and influential American novels of the twentieth century, as well as numerous essays and short stories. He died in New York City in 1994.

John F. Callahan is the Emeritus Professor at Lewis & Clark College. He has been the editor or writer of numerous volumes related to African American and twentieth-century literature. As Ralph Ellison's literary executor, Callahan edited the Modern Library edition of The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison.

Charles Johnson is the National Book Award-winning author of Middle Passage and Dreamer.


"For anyone who cares about American literature and the seemingly insolvable pain of race, Juneteenth is a must-read."--USA Today

"Juneteenth is written with unmistakable Ellisonian zest, depth, and elegance. . . . The work holds together as a complete, aesthetically satisfying, and at times thrilling whole."--The Atlantic

"Impressionistic, jazzy, and Faulknerian, assembled from stories inside of stories, dreams, flights of memory, and bolts of rhetoric."--New York

"First-rate Ellison, exploring race and America in dreamlike prose."--The Wall Street Journal

"Ellison wrote better sentences than just about anybody. . . . Juneteenth is good the first time, better the second. His meanings slip and slide, they are associative, like American culture, where nothing is every quite what it seems, nor stays that way for long, and where absolutely nothing is purely black and white."--Newsweek

"A stunning achievement . . . Juneteenth is a tour de force of untutored eloquence. Ellison sought no less than to create a Book of Blackness, a literary composition of the tradition at its most sublime and fundamental."--Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Time