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Ralph Waldo Ellison (March 1, 1913 – April 16, 1994) was an American novelist, literary critic, and scholar best known for his novel Invisible Man, which won the National Book Award in 1953.
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Indeed, all four had been losing finalists for the Fiction award in their hardcover editions (two 1979, two 1981). ^ a b Lewis Thomas, The Lives of a Cell, won both the Arts and Letters and the Sciences awards in 1975. ^ a b John Clive, Thomas Babington Macaulay, won both the History and Biography awards in 1974.