Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

by S. L. Berry
     
 

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Each book in this innovative series is a combination of poetry and biography. Concise yet revealing biographical segments are interspersed with selections from the poets' works. A strong visual background enhances the reading experience, as real-life photographs are combined with interpretive illustrations. All of these elements join together to create an inspiring…  See more details below

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Each book in this innovative series is a combination of poetry and biography. Concise yet revealing biographical segments are interspersed with selections from the poets' works. A strong visual background enhances the reading experience, as real-life photographs are combined with interpretive illustrations. All of these elements join together to create an inspiring introduction to the lives and works of Some of the world's finest poets.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA, October 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 4) - Nancy Pierce
Poetry, art, history: all are perfectly blended in this exceptional Voices in Poetry series. Poetry —at its best—is evocative, and the poets highlighted in this series are the best at the craft. Excellent artwork throughout these books heightens the emotions of their works. The art theme for the Langston Hughes selection is postage stamps, an excellent choice because, as readers find out, he traveled extensively. The stamps also reflect some of the political and social history of his lifetime. The Edgar Allan Poe volume contains art which is melancholy, supernatural, disturbing; the Walt Whitman volume contains photographs/art of leaves. Each book is arranged chronologically, with brief descriptions of the poet’s life during a specific period, and then a poem that reflects that period. The pattern continues until the poet's death. While these volumes and relatively short (forty-eight pages), they are powerful. Readers of all ages will appreciate the context created to highlight the poetry and appreciate the words even more. (Voices in Poetry) Reviewer: Nancy Pierce; Ages 11 to 18.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-A creative introduction to the life, times, and poetic expression of the African-American 20th-century writer. Berry presents his subject through brief biographical sketches; full-color reproductions of national and international postage stamps; sepia-toned photographs; and selections of Hughes's poetry. Equal emphasis is placed on different periods of the poet's life. The conflicts within his family, his parents' separation, and his strained relationship with his father are included; his awareness of his homosexuality is mentioned. This title is unique in that it succeeds in illustrating the direct impact of national and international events on Hughes's work. He is presented as a man who sought to explain and bring to light the Negro condition in the U.S., along with the human condition in general, and who consciously set out to write for and about black Americans. This blend of biographical information, photographs, and poetry effectively illuminates the paradox of American society as well as one writer's literary response to it.-Barbara Williams, Queens Public Library, Jamaica, NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608183272
Publisher:
Creative Company, The
Publication date:
07/28/2014
Series:
Voices in Poetry Series
Pages:
47
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
1200L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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