"Invisible Man" book ban: Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man," is no longer allowed on the shelves of Randolph County Schools libraries. The "Invisible Man" book ban comes after a North Carolina county voted 5-2 earlier this week in favor of the ban.
The Huffington Post reported on Sept. 19 that the decision followed a complaint from a parent, who claimed that the novel was "too much for teenagers." One board member also stated, "I didn't find any literary value."
The call for the ban stems from a Randleman High School parent’s complaint about the book. However, officials at both the school and district levels recommended it not be removed from the library.
Ellison's fame was born with the publication of his long novel "Invisible Man," which was published in 1952. "Invisible Man" deals with racial relation issues in the United States in the twentieth century. "Invisible Man," his only novel, won the prestigious National Book Award in that category for that year.
Although he published some essays and short stories in newspapers after "Invisible Man," Ralph Ellison's name is linked to his most famous novel.
His second novel was unfinished when he died. His house suffered a fire where he lost most of the new book Juneteeth, so he began to write again. However, after pancreatitis ended his life in 1994, Ellison's longtime friend, biographer and critic John F. Callahan put the novel together, editing it in the way he thought Ellison would want it to be written.