Ellison intended to study to be a composer and performer and moved to New York. His interest was music and was his goal in life to succeed in.
Because of the effects of the Great Depression Ellison was unable to return back home after going to study in New York to pursue his dream.
Ellison worked as a writer for the New York Federal Writers Program in order to save up money. This is where he began writing.
He joined the military as a cook and this where he began writing "Invisible Man"
This is when Ellison published his first novel "Invisible Man"
Almost a year after publishing "Invisible Man" Ellison won the National Book Award for Fiction
Ellison began teaching American and Russian Lit. at Bard College while also beginning his novel, "Juneteenth" although he never finished it.
Ellison says "Shadow and Act" was his attempt to relate to American through literature.
Ellison received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work that he published with the Civil Rights Movement
Ellison received the National Medal of Arts