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Theater & art

Translating Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’ to the stage

“I am an invisible man.”

Ralph Ellison wrote that sentence in 1945, when he was a young man on leave from the merchant marine. Those five words captured the experience of many African-Americans of the era, and from that simple declaration, Ellison carved his masterpiece, the 1952 novel “Invisible Man.”

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