Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. The English Department has announced that the fall 2003 common text for first-year students will be this 1952 National Book Award-winning novel. It depicts a nameless black narrator’s quest for identity — both personal and racial — as he journeys from the Deep South to New York City.

In order to increase opportunities for the St. Thomas community to engage this complex text all semester, first-year students will be asked to purchase a copy of Invisible Man during their July campus orientation sessions and have the novel read by the first day of fall-semester classes.

Each year since 1985, the St. Thomas English Department has selected freshman common texts based on literary merit and their portrayal of racial, cultural, economic and ethnic diversity.

Questions about the Common Text Program? Call the English Department, (651) 962-5600.

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