Stylistically it is a progenitor of Invisible Man, which Ellison described as “realism that goes beyond and becomes surrealism.”
He is a progenitor of what could be called the degenerate school of American fiction.
FYMW is, in some ways, the progenitor of menswear on Tumblr.
late 14c., from Anglo-French progenitour (mid-14c.), Old French progeniteur (14c.) and directly from Latin progenitor "ancestor, the founder of a family," agent noun from progenitus, past participle of progignere (see progeny). Related: Progenitive; progenital; progenitrix (c.1600).
progenitor pro·gen·i·tor (prō-jěn'ĭ-tər)
A direct ancestor.
An originator of a line of descent.