On 1 March 1913, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, one of the five states that became part of the United States in the twentieth century and the forty-sixth state in the union, Ralph Waldo Ellison was born to Lewis Ellison, a laborer from South Carolina, and Ida Millsap Ellison from Georgia. That Ralph Ellison was born in the former Territory, both Indian and western frontier, will become a significant part of his personality and will contribute a perspective to his writing that, along with his distinctive style, will position him among the great writers of the United States.
Citation: Jimoh, A Yemisi. "Ralph Ellison". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 June 2003; last revised 20 March 2012. [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=1420, accessed 20 February 2020.]