By Ralph Ellison

This soaking up selection of letters spans a decade within the lifelong friendship of 2 striking writers who engaged the topics of literature, race, and id with deep readability and passion.

The correspondence starts off in 1950 while Ellison resides in manhattan urban, not easy 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 comparable musical idea-their full of life conversation facilities upon their respective writing, the jazz they either love so good, on shuttle, relatives, the paintings literary contemporaries (including Richard Wright, James Baldwin, William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway) and the problem of racial inclusiveness that they need to pose to the United States via their craft. Infused with heat, humor, and nice erudition, Trading Twelves offers a glimpse into literary heritage within the making—and right into a robust and enduring friendship.

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