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The Big Sea: An Autobiography

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Introduction by Arnold Rampersad.

Langston Hughes, born in 1902, came of age early in the 1920s. In The Big Sea he recounts those memorable years in the two great playgrounds of the decade—Harlem and Paris. In Paris he was a cook and waiter in nightclubs. He knew the musicians and dancers, the drunks and dope fiends. In Harlem he was a rising young poet—at the center of the "Harlem Renaissance."

Arnold Rampersad writes in his incisive new ...

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Overview

Introduction by Arnold Rampersad.

Langston Hughes, born in 1902, came of age early in the 1920s. In The Big Sea he recounts those memorable years in the two great playgrounds of the decade—Harlem and Paris. In Paris he was a cook and waiter in nightclubs. He knew the musicians and dancers, the drunks and dope fiends. In Harlem he was a rising young poet—at the center of the "Harlem Renaissance."

Arnold Rampersad writes in his incisive new introduction to The Big Sea, an American classic: "This is American writing at its best—simpler than Hemingway; as simple and direct as that of another Missouri-born writer...Mark Twain."

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"Langston Hughes is the Jazz Poet! The constant communicator of Blues. He is the singer, philosopher, the folk and urban lyricist. This book is the chronicle of a bright and lively artistic ear that brought the African-American people full into the twentieth century. It is a wonderful book!"—Amiri Baraka
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**** Reprint of the Hill & Wang edition of 1964 (first edition 1940), with a new introduction by Arnold Rampersad. The work is cited in BCL3. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809015498
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 8/28/1993
  • Series: American Century Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 172,000
  • Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, went to Cleveland, Ohio, lived for a number of years in Chicago, and long resided in New York City's Harlem. He graduated from Lincoln University in 1929 and was awarded an honorary Litt. D. in 1943. He was perhaps best known as a poet and the creator of Simple, but he also wrote novels, biography, history, plays (several of them Broadway hits), and children's books, and he edited several anthologies. Mr. Hughes died in 1967.

Arnold Rampersad, author of the widely acclaimed biography The Life of Langston Hughes, is Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature and director of American Studies at Princeton University.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2014

    The MOST brilliantly and eloquently written autobiography of the

    The MOST brilliantly and eloquently written autobiography of the King of the Harlem Renaissance himself, Mr. Langston Hughes.  This is a MUST read for EVERYONE!  A TRUE Artist indeed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2007

    the effect

    from high school to college these works of a master who not only touch harlem but all who are lovers of the art of the pome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2000

    This book is dynamic

    This is one book that made you look at the Harlem Renaissance Age at your own perspective and think at the same time.

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