Fanny Ellison, widow of Ralph Ellison, dies at 93

Friday, December 2nd 2005, 6:08 am
By: News On 6

NEW YORK (AP) -- The widow of a famed Oklahoma author has died.

Fanny McConnell Ellison -- a writer, political activist and theater director who helped edit her husband Ralph Ellison's masterpiece, "Invisible Man" -- died November 19th at a Manhattan hospital. She was 93.

Fanny Ellison and Ralph Ellison -- an Oklahoma native -- met through poet Langston Hughes, who set them up on a date after Fanny Ellison told him she wanted to meet a man who was interested in books.

They were married from August 1946 until Ralph Ellison's death at 80 in April 1994.

Ralph Ellison readily acknowledged that his wife provided editorial assistance on "Invisible Man," which was published in 1952 and is considered one of the great works of 20th-century literature.