By Ralph Ellison
This soaking up number of letters spans a decade within the lifelong friendship of 2 outstanding writers who engaged the themes of literature, race, and identification with deep readability and passion.
The correspondence starts off in 1950 whilst Ellison resides in manhattan urban, difficult at paintings on his enduring masterpiece, Invisible Man, and Murray is a professor at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Mirroring a jam consultation during which jazz musicians "trade twelves"—each improvising twelve bars of track round the similar musical idea-their energetic conversation facilities upon their respective writing, the jazz they either love so good, on go back and forth, kinfolk, the paintings literary contemporaries (including Richard Wright, James Baldwin, William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway) and the problem of racial inclusiveness that they want to pose to the United States via their craft. Infused with heat, humor, and nice erudition, Trading Twelves offers a glimpse into literary historical past within the making—and right into a strong and enduring friendship.
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