The Literary Life — Ralph Ellison: A Profile of an American Writer

Invisible Man?

In the 1980s I flew to the island of Madeira for a short break. I knew little about the island other than George Bernard Shaw used to holiday there in the 1930s, at the Reid’s Palace Hotel. The only place I could afford was a room in a small private house, the home of a couple who took in paying guests, perched half way up a small…

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