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A96 #2: Ralph Ellison Slept Herre

Continuing today's adventures in uptown Manhattan, Harlem Fur points out a five-story brownstone for sale at 749 St. Nicholas Ave. (betweeen 147th/148th). Split into nine units and a storefront, the building carries a $1.275 million asking. But that's not the reason why we're suddenly very interested in this building. Per the listing prose: "Oh, by the way, Ralph Ellison was living here when he wrote The Invisible Man."

Sure enough, nabe blogger Harlem Fur uncovers this passage from an Ellison biography: "Ellison moved into the ground floor apartment of 749 St. Nicholas Ave., in Harlem, in 1946, and that he and his wife kept Scotch terriers in the backyard." Check the floorplan of Ellison's unit, after the jump.

· Listing: 749 St. Nicholas Avenue [Corcoran]
· Ralph Waldo Ellison's House For Sale; Identity Included [Harlem Fur]