First published in 1952, Invisible Man revealed the pain of a black man’s existence in a white world. It was shocking then, but remains important literature today. It is the story of a young man’s journey — through the Deep South to the streets of Harlem, through events and experiences that range from tortured to macabre. As he moves through time, he learns about the black world, the white world, and a world of his own. His passage is a frightening but at the same time enlightening pilgrimage, for the Invisible Man and for all of us.