The Second Six-Pack
Nominations for the Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma Book for 2005

Ralph Ellison
a biography

by Bob Burke and Denyvetta Davis
Oklahoma Heritage Assn.

pp. 332
ISBN 1885596308

“One afternoon, sitting in the open barn looking at the peaks of the nearby Green Mountains, he took pen and paper and wrote a single line: I am an invisible man.”

This is the first full-life biography of Ralph Waldo Ellison, the man who startled the world with his 1953 groundbreaking novel Invisible Man, a work that enabled society to see itself through the eyes of a black man. Burke and Davis pay particular attention to Ellison’s Oklahoma beginnings and connections, where the on-again, off-again segregation in Oklahoma City fueled the talent of this literary giant.

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Bob Burke practices law and writes books—both fulltime. He has written more books about Oklahoma than anyone else in history. His Wiley Post biography won the Oklahoma Book Award in 1999. He co-authored a biography of Bryce Harlow that was nominated for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize. He served as Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and managed David L. Boren's first successful campaign for the United States Senate. Burke is the father of three children. He lives with his wife in Oklahoma City.

Denyvetta Davis, a native of Muskogee, served as director of Oklahoma City's Ralph Ellison branch library for 17 years. She has received numerous awards and honors including the American Library Association's prestigious John Cotton Dana public relations award and the Oklahoma Governor's Arts Award for Community Service. She is currently Director of Branch Services for the Metropolitan Library System in Oklahoma County. Denyvetta has two children, Melvin and Erma D'jon.

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