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Langston Hughes - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Langston Hughes

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

Recommended links
 
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Langston Hughes by Carl Van Vechten
Langston Hughes   (1902 - 1967)
 
Category:  American Literature
 
Born:  February 1, 1902
Joplin, Missouri, United States
 
Died:  May 22, 1967
New York City, New York, United States
 
Related authors:
James Baldwin, Richard Wright
 
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Langston Hughes - LIFE STORIES
 
 
5/22/1967     Langston Hughes In His Place
On this day in 1967 Langston Hughes died, aged sixty-five. Hughes was one of the most influential and respected of Black American voices in the middle decades of the century, writing prolifically in many genres, and almost exclusively on racial themes. He lived on East 127th Street in Harlem; today his block is "Langston Hughes Place."
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Five Plays by Langston Hughes (Tambourines to Glory, Soul Gone Home, Little Ham, Mulatto, Simply Heavenly)
by Langston Hughes, Webster Smalley (Editor)
anthology, drama
 
I Wonder As I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey
autobiography
 
Langston Hughes and the Chicago Defender: Essays on Race, Politics, and Culture, 1942-62
by Langston Hughes, Christopher C. De Santis (Editor)
essays
 
Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten
by Langston Hughes, Emily Bernard (Editor), Carl Van Vechten
letters
 
Short Stories
by Langston Hughes, Akiba Sullivan Harper (Editor)
anthology, fiction
 
The Big Sea: An Autobiography
autobiography
 
The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
by Langston Hughes, Arnold Rampersad (Editor), David Roessel (Editor)
anthology, poetry
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
A Langston Hughes Encyclopedia
by Hans Ostrom
guide
 
The Life of Langston Hughes: 1902-1941, I, Too, Sing America
by Arnold Rampersad
biography
 
The Life of Langston Hughes: 1941-1967
by Arnold Rampersad
biography
 
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Academy of American Poets
Offers a concise biography and poems including "Dreams," "I, Too, Sing America," "Let America Be America Again," "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," "Night Funeral in Harlem," and "The Weary Blues."

"Unlike other notable black poets of the period--Claude McKay, Jean Toomer, and Countee Cullen--Hughes refused to differentiate between his personal experience and the common experience of black America. He wanted to tell the stories of his people in ways that reflected their actual culture, including both their suffering and their love of music, laughter, and language itself."
Modern American Poetry
Essays on Hughes's life and career, the Spanish Civil War, and the 1930s. Also offers literary criticism and analysis of The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain, "Justice," "Mulatto," "Ku Klux," "Lynching Song," "To Negro Writers," and other works.
Teacher Resource File
A large selection of links to biographies, bibliographies, literary criticism, lesson plans, and electronic texts.
The Red Hot Jazz Archive
Short biography and suggested reading, chronicling Hughes's education, influences, works, and philosophy.

"One of Hughes' finest essays appeared in the Nation in 1926, entitled The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain. It spoke of Black writers and poets, 'who would surrender racial pride in the name of a false integration,' where a talented Black writer would prefer to be considered a poet, not a Black poet, which to Hughes meant he subconsciously wanted to write like a white poet. Hughes argued, 'no great poet has ever been afraid of being himself.'"
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