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Langston Hughes

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This biography traces Hughes' life and artistic development, from his early years of isolation, which fostered his fierce independence, to his prolific life as a poet, playwright, lyricist, and journalist. Hughes' inspiring story is told through 21 engaging chapters, each providing a fascinating vignette of the artistic, personal, and political associations that shaped his life. Recounted are the pivotal developments in his literary career, with all its struggles and rewards, as well as his travel adventures to ...

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Overview

This biography traces Hughes' life and artistic development, from his early years of isolation, which fostered his fierce independence, to his prolific life as a poet, playwright, lyricist, and journalist. Hughes' inspiring story is told through 21 engaging chapters, each providing a fascinating vignette of the artistic, personal, and political associations that shaped his life. Recounted are the pivotal developments in his literary career, with all its struggles and rewards, as well as his travel adventures to Africa, Europe, and Asia, and his political commitments to fight fascism as well as racism.

Langston Hughes was raised by a grandmother who actively aided the Underground Railroad, and his first forays into poetry reflected personal tales of slavery and heroism. Through his poetry, Hughes lived up to a proud tradition and continued the uplifting legacy of his race. He was a renaissance man in nearly every aspect of his life, and his name has become synonymous with the Harlem Renaissance movement he helped launch. This biography traces Hughes' life and artistic development, from his early years of isolation, which fostered his fierce independence, to his prolific life as a poet, playwright, lyricist, and journalist. Hughes' inspiring story is told through 21 engaging chapters, each providing a fascinating vignette of the artistic, personal, and political associations that shaped his life.

Recounted are the pivotal developments in his literary career, with all its struggles and rewards, as well as his travel adventures to Africa, Europe, and Asia, and his political commitments to fight fascism as well as racism. A timeline, a selected bibliography of biographical and critical sources, and a complete list of Hughes' writings complete the volume.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313324970
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Series: Greenwood Biographies Series
  • Pages: 204
  • Sales rank: 1,033,947
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

LAURIE F. LEACH is Associate Professor of English at Hawaii Pacific University.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
Timeline xv
Chapter 1 Lonely Boy 1
Chapter 2 Class Poet 7
Chapter 3 The Lure of Harlem 15
Chapter 4 At Sea 21
Chapter 5 European Adventure 25
Chapter 6 "Trying to Catch a Jazz Rhythm" 29
Chapter 7 A Rising Negro Artist 35
Chapter 8 Park Avenue Godmother 41
Chapter 9 The Mule Bone of Contention 49
Chapter 10 A Turn toward Socialism 61
Chapter 11 Film Project in Moscow 71
Chapter 12 Soviet Journey 77
Chapter 13 Uneasy in Carmel 85
Chapter 14 Adrift 93
Chapter 15 Under Fire 99
Chapter 16 Fighting Hitler and Jim Crow 109
Chapter 17 "Red-Tinged Poet" 117
Chapter 18 "Fooling around with the Theatre" 125
Chapter 19 Facing Down McCarthy 131
Chapter 20 Hughes and the Freedom Movement 139
Chapter 21 Hughes's Final Years 149
Abbreviations for Texts Cited 157
Selected Bibliography 159
Index 165
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