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Brave Words for a Startling Occasion

Identifier: MS-74-24

Scope and Contents

Brave Words for a Startling Occasion is an autographed manuscript of a speech delivered by Ralph Ellison when he won the National Book Award in 1953 for The Invisible Man. Surprise and gratitude at the receipt of this award is reflected in this speech since the book was Ellison's first published major novel.


  • 1953

Conditions Governing Use

Literary rights were not granted to Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine the manuscripts, it is not an authorization to publish them. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws and the laws of libel. It is the responsibility of the researcher and his/her publisher to obtain permission to publish. Scholars and students who eventually plan to have their work published are urged to make inquiry regarding overall restrictions on publication before initial research.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Unknown source

Processing Information

DAO, 1974-08-21; SMC, 1998-03-06

Brave Words for a Startling Occasion
1974-08-21; 1998-03-06
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Repository Details

Part of the Wichita State University Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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