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Battle Royal


The short story “Battle Royal” by Ralph Ellison was first published in the Horizon magazine in 1947.  A slightly revised version of this short story became Part I of Ralph Ellison’s most famous work The Invisible Man which came out in 1952. The principal character of “Battle Royal” is a young African-American man who faces racism but isn’t quite sure about how to respond to it.



Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  • PS3555 .L625



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Bloom, Harold (ed.).  Ralph Ellison. 1986.

                    Call Number: PS3555 .L625 Z87 1986

  • Bloom, Harold (ed.).  Ralph Ellison. 2010.

                    Call Number:  PS3555.L625 Z872 2010.

  • Bloom, Harold (ed.).  Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. 1996.

                   Call Number: PS3555 .L625 I5 1996

  • Busby, Mark.  Ralph Ellison. 1991.

                   Call Number: PS3555 .L625 Z6 1991

  •  Howard, Daniel F. (ed.).  The Modern Tradition: An Anthology of Short Stories. 1979.

                   Call Number: PZ1 .H8 Mo

  • Haugen  Mitchell Hayley. Race in Ralph Ellison's Invisible man. 2012

                     Call Number: E185.615.R2126 2012

  •  Oates, Joyce Carol (ed.).  The Oxford Book of American Short Stories. 1992.

                  Call Number: PS648 .S5 O94 1992

  • O’Mealey, Robert G.  The Craft of Ralph Ellison. 1982.

                  Call Number: PS3555 .L625 Z8



LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms (Keywords Anywhere)


  • Battle Royal
  • Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man
  • Invisible Man
  • Ellison, Ralph – Criticism and Interpretation
  • Short Stories, American
  • African Americans in Literature



Reference Materials


  • American Ethnic WritersCall Number: REF PS 153 .M56 A414 2000

o   Vol.1, pg. 155 (The Invisible Man)

  •  Critical Survey of Short Fiction Call Number: REF PN3321 .C7 2001

o   Vol. 7, pg. 2865

  •  Masterpieces of African-American Literature Call Number: REF PS153 .N5 M264 1992

o   Pg. 233 (The Invisible Man)

  •  Masterplots II: Short Story Series (Revised Edition) Call Number: REF PN3326 .M27 2004

o   Vol. 1, pg. 263-65

  •  Masterplots II: African-American Literature Series Call Number: REF PS153 .N5 M2645 1994

o   Vol. 2 (The Invisible Man), pg. 607-13

  • Short Stories for StudentsCall Number: REF PN3330 .S386

o   Vol. 11, pg. 17-38

  •  Novels for StudentsCall Number: REF PN44 .N937

o   Vol. 2, pg 153-73



Research Databases


To access Valencia’s research databases, open your Atlas account, select ‘Search the Library’, then select ‘Databases A-Z’.


  • Academic Search Complete
  • Literature Resources from Gale



This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check LINCCWeb, Valencia East’s online catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance.


Revised November 21, 2021

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