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The Langston Hughes reader : the selected writings of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes

The Langston Hughes reader : the selected writings of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes


New York : George Braziller, 1958. Hardcover. 501 pages ; 22 cm. In original dust jacket with firm binding, clean and unmarked pages.

The Selected Writings of Langston Hughes

This compilation of the writings of Langston Hughes is drawn from every category of his prodigious literary achievement. It combines highlights of the novels, stories, plays, poems, songs, and essays that have made him famous with many new writings that have never before been published in book form.

Among the new selections are the complete libretto of his popular musical comedy SIMPLY HEAVENLY, all of the text of his pageant THE GLORY OF NEGRO HISTORY, a one-act play SOUL GONE HOME, and many other stories, poems, and children's lyrics. There are generous portions of his autobiographies, THE BIG SEA and I WONDER AS I WANDER, and of the incomparable Simple trilogy: SIMPLE TAKES A WIFE, SIMPLE SPEAKS HIS MIND, and SIMPLE STAKES A CLAIM.

Langston Hughes is an unchallenged spokesman of African Americans. With art and wit, he has defined the place of Black Americans in all of the diverse forms of American literary expression. This comprehensive anthology is crowded from cover to cover with the characteristic scenes and sentiments that have established his commanding position in world literature.

Even before the publication of his first book of poems, THE WEARY BLUES (1926), Langston Hughes had earned the title, bestowed upon him by Carl Van Vechten, of "the Negro Poet Laureate." His success in genres other than poetry has since truly made him, as he is often called, "the O. Henry of Harlem." Born in Joplin, Missouri in 1902, he was soon to know a succession of homes in Mexico City, Topeka, Colorado Springs, Charlestown (Indiana), Kansas City, and Buffalo. He graduated from Central High School in Cleveland, worked for a time there and in Chicago, and finally went on to New York where he studied, for one year, at Columbia University. His best school has been the world, in which he has traveled widely, bringing together in his varied and colorful writings, the experience of a profitably restless life.

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