Description : With the publication of his first book of poems, The Weary Blues, in 1926, Langston Hughes electrified readers and launched a renaissance in black writing in America. The poems Hughes wrote celebrated the experience of invisible men and women: of slaves who "rushed the boots of Washington"; of musicians on Lenox Avenue; of the poor and the lovesick; of losers in "the raffle of night." They conveyed that experience in a voice that blended the spoken with the sung, that turned poetic lines into the phrases of jazz and blues, and that ripped through the curtain separating high from popular culture. They spanned the range from the lyric to the polemic, ringing out "wonder and pain and terror-- and the marrow of the bone of life." The poems in this collection were chosen by Hughes himself shortly before his death in 1967 and represent work from his entire career, including "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," "The Weary Blues," "Still Here," "Song for a Dark Girl," "Montage of a Dream Deferred," and "Refugee in America." It gives us a poet of extraordinary range, directness, and stylistic virtuosity. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Description : Born in 1902 in Joplin, Missouri, the only child of James and Carrie Hughes, Langston Hughes survived a difficult and unhappy childhood to become one of the most important African-American writers of the twentieth century. At age nineteen, his first literary efforts were published in The Brownies' Book and The Crisis. He moved to New York in 1921 and quickly became one of the leading figures in the Harlem Renaissance, though he never settled permanently in Harlem but restlessly moved from place to place. His first important volume of poetry, The Weary Blues, was published in 1926. Although his first play, Mulatto, was a failure, later works established him as an important voice in the theater. Because he had spent time in the 1930s in the Soviet Union writing for Izvestia, he was investigated by the McCarthy Committee in the 1950s. Yet in the early 1960s, the U.S. State Department made him a cultural ambassador to Africa. Book jacket.
Description : For the first time in many years, Langston Hughes's published collections of stories are now available in a single book. Included in this volume are: Ways of White Folks, originally published in 1934; Laughing to Keep from Crying, originally published in 1952; and additional stories from Something in Common and Other Stories, originally published in 1963; as well as previously uncollected stories. These fictions, carefully crafted in the language Hughes loved, manifest the many themes for which he is best known. We meet and come to know many characters--black and white, young and old, men and women & mdash;all as believable as our own families, friends, and acquaintances. Hughes's stories portray people as they actually are: a mixture of good, bad, and much in-between. In these short stories, as in the Simple stories, the reader enjoys Hughes's humor and irony. The stories show us his inclination to mock himself and his beloved people, as much as he ridicules the flaws of those who belittle his race. His genuine characters interact and realistically bring to life this era of America's past. By maintaining the form and format of the original story collections, this volume presents Hughes's stories as he wanted them to be read. This volume will be an invaluable addition to the library of anyone interested in African American literature generally and the fiction of Langston Hughes specifically.
Description : A definitive selection of work by the African-American poet and author features "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," "The Weary Blues," "America," "Let America Be American Again," "Dream Variations," and "UnAmerican Investigators."
Description : Brings together Hughes's historically valuable plays, prefacing each play with an analysis of the playwright's motivation and insight into his life at the time of the writing.
Description : A full-color biography series features inspirational and contemporary African-Americans of interest to young people and who are important role models for all youngsters.
Description : Describes the life of twentieth-century American author Langston Hughes and profiles his major poetic and prose works, also providing a chronology, bibliography, Filmography, and list of further resources.
Description : Presents nearly two hundred of the author's poems, including works celebrating African American music and life, denunciations of Jim Crow and racism, and verses about Africa and the Spanish Civil War.
Description : An addition to an easy-to-read biography series offers an introduction to the life of the African-American writer Langston Hughes, who shared his feelings about racism through his work.