I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiography

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In I Wonder as I Wander, Langston Hughes vividly recalls the most dramatic and intimate moments of his life in the turbulent 1930s.

His wanderlust leads him to Cuba, Haiti, Russia, Soviet Central Asia, Japan, Spain (during its Civil War), through dictatorships, wars, revolutions. He meets and brings to life the famous and the humble, from Arthur Koestler to Emma, the Black Mammy of Moscow. It is the continuously amusing, wise revelation of an ...

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Overview

In I Wonder as I Wander, Langston Hughes vividly recalls the most dramatic and intimate moments of his life in the turbulent 1930s.

His wanderlust leads him to Cuba, Haiti, Russia, Soviet Central Asia, Japan, Spain (during its Civil War), through dictatorships, wars, revolutions. He meets and brings to life the famous and the humble, from Arthur Koestler to Emma, the Black Mammy of Moscow. It is the continuously amusing, wise revelation of an American writer journeying around the often strange and always exciting world he loves.

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"The Big Sea and I Wonder as I Wander are among the wisest, warmest and most informative books to issue from Langston's pen, and by that to say from the Renaissance or any other literary movement."--Amiri Baraka

"An immensely interesting book."--The New Yorker

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809015504
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 8/1/1993
  • Series: American Century Series
  • Edition description: 2nd Hill and Wang ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 406
  • Sales rank: 499,849
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.12 (h) x 1.06 (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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