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Letters from Langston

From the Harlem Renaissance to the Red Scare and Beyond

Letters from Langston( )
Editor: Crawford, Evelyn Louise
Patterson, MaryLouise
Author: Hughes, Langston
Foreword by: Kelley, Robin D. G.
ISBN:978-0-520-28533-0
Publication Date:Feb 2016
Publisher:University of California Press
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $85.00
Book Description:

Langston Hughes, one of America's greatest writers, was an innovator of jazz poetry and a leader of the Harlem Renaissance whose poems and plays resonate widely today. Accessible, personal, and inspirational, Hughes's poems portray the African American community in struggle in the context of a turbulent modern United States and a rising black freedom movement. This indispensable volume of letters between Hughes and four leftist confidants sheds vivid light on his life and...
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Book Details
Pages:440
Detailed Subjects: Literary Criticism / American / African American
Literary Criticism / American / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6.24 x 9.165 x 1.562 Inches
Book Weight:1.54 Pounds
Author Biography
Hughes, Langston (Editor)
Langston Hughes, February 1, 1902 - May 22, 1967 Langston Hughes, one of the foremost black writers to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance, was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Mo. Hughes briefly attended Columbia University before working numerous jobs including busboy, cook, and steward. While working as a busboy, he showed his poems to American poet Vachel Lindsay, who helped launch his career. He soon obtained a scholarship to Lincoln University and had several works published.

Hughes is noted for his depictions of the black experience. In addition to the black dialect, he incorporated the rhythms of jazz and the blues into his poetry. While many recognized his talent, many blacks disapproved of his unflattering portrayal of black life. His numerous published volumes include, "The Weary Blues," "Fine Clothes to the Jew," and "Montage of a Dream Deferred." Hughes earned several awards during his lifetime including: a Guggenheim fellowship, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Grant, and a Spingarn Medal from the NAACP.

Langston Hughes died of heart failure on May 22, 1967.

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