Sunday, August 7, 2022

The Story of Battle Royal

This year, my younger brother Kenton Rambsy recently published a book, The Geographies of African American Short Fiction. He studies the work of a range of short story writers, including Charles Chesnutt, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Alice Walker, and Toni Cade Bambara.

Remarkable Receptions focuses on novels and novelists, but I asked Kenton to produce an episode drawing a link between novels and short stories. He wrote about "Battle Royal," an excerpt-turned-short story from Ellison's Invisible Man

Kenton writes at one point that "During the 1970s, editors began to regularly reprint 'Battle Royal' in literature anthologies. By the early 2000s, Ellison’s story had appeared in more than twenty anthologies. It is one of the most widely reprinted stories by an African American author."


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