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King of the Bingo Game



The short story “King of the Bingo Game” was written by Ralph Ellison and is featured in his collection called Flying Home and Other Stories.  The story is set in a movie theatre and bingo parlor in New York City.  Several themes dominate this tale, including the alienation of the individual from society, one’s inability to control one’s fate, and the racial prejudices encountered by black men.


LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  • King of the Bingo Game (Keyword)
  • Ellison, Ralph (Subject)



Call Number for Browsing the Shelves


  • PS3555 .L625



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Busby, Mark. Ralph Ellison. 1991.

                       Call Number:  PS3555 .L625 Z6 1991

  • Butler, Robert (Ed.). The Critical Response to Ralph Ellison. 2000. 

                       Call Number:  PS3555 .L625 Z635 2000

  • Ellison, Ralph. Flying Home and Other Stories. 1998.

                        Call Number:  PS3555 .L625 F58 1998

  • Jackson, Lawrence. Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius. 2002.

                        Call Number:  PS3555 .L625 Z74 2002

  •  Schor, Edith. Visible Ellison: A Study of Ralph Ellison’s Fiction. 1993.

                        Call Number:  PS3555 .L625 Z876 1993                    



Reference Materials


  • Contemporary Literary  Criticism  – Call Number:  REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 86, pg. 324

o   Vol. 114, pgs. 113, 125, 131

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

o   Vol. 2, pg. 839

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

o   Vol. 4, pgs. 2208-2210

  • Short Story Criticism Call Number:  REF PN3321 .S5

o   Vol. 26, pgs. 3, 10, 13, 19-23, 25

o   Vol 79, pgs. 16, 22, 24-25, 31-32, 45, 53, 55, 57, 66, 72-73

  • Short Stories for Students Call Number:  REF PN3330 .S386

o   Vol. 1, pgs. 122-138



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