Invisible Man is a novel by Ralph Ellison that was first published in 1952. Read key facts, the plot summary, and important quotes.


Read one-minute Sparklet summaries, the detailed chapter-by-chapter Summary & Analysis, the Full Book Summary, or the Full Book Analysis of Invisible Man.


See a complete list of the characters in Invisible Man and in-depth analyses of The Narrator, Brother Jack, Ras the Exhorter, Tod Clifton, Sybil, and more. You can also read an essay about the Mr. Norton.

Literary Devices

Here's where you'll find analysis of the literary devices in Invisible Man, from the major themes to motifs, symbols, and more.

Further Study

Go further in your study of Invisible Man with background information on Ralph Ellison and the novel, movie adaptations, and links to resources on the web, and suggestions for further reading.