Selected Poems of Langston Hughes

Selected Poems of Langston Hughes

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by Langston Hughes
     
 

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With the publication of his first book of poems, The Weary Blues, in 1926, Langston Hughes electrified readers and launched a renaissance in black writing in America.  The poems Hughes wrote celebrated the experience of invisible men and women: of slaves who "rushed the boots of Washington"; of musicians on Lenox Avenue; of the poor

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With the publication of his first book of poems, The Weary Blues, in 1926, Langston Hughes electrified readers and launched a renaissance in black writing in America.  The poems Hughes wrote celebrated the experience of invisible men and women: of slaves who "rushed the boots of Washington"; of musicians on Lenox Avenue; of the poor and the lovesick; of losers in "the raffle of night."  They conveyed that experience in a voice that blended the spoken with the sung, that turned poetic lines into the phrases of jazz and blues, and that ripped through the curtain separating high from popular culture.  They spanned the range from the lyric to the polemic, ringing out "wonder and pain and terror— and the marrow of the bone of life."

The poems in this collection were chosen by Hughes himself shortly before his death in 1967 and represent work from his entire career, including "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," "The Weary Blues," "Still Here," "Song for a Dark Girl," "Montage of a Dream Deferred," and "Refugee in America."  It gives us a poet of extraordinary range, directness, and stylistic virtuosity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679728184
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1990
Series:
Vintage Classics Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
236,197
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, in 1902.  After graduation from high school, he spent a year in Mexico with his father, then a year studying at Columbia University.  His first poem in a nationally known magazine was "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," which appeared in Crisis in 1921.  In 1925, he was awarded the First Prize for Poetry of the magazine Opportunity, the winning poem being "The Weary Blues," which gave its title to his first book of poems, published in 1926.  As a result of his poetry, Mr. Hughes received a scholarship at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, where he won his B.A. in 1929.  In 1943, he was awarded an honorary Litt.D. by his alma mater; he has also been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship (1935), a Rosenwald Fellowship (1940), and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Grant (1947).  From 1926 until his death in 1967, Langston Hughes devoted his time to writing and lecturing.  He wrote poetry, short stories, autobiography, song lyrics, essays, humor, and plays.  A cross section of his work was published in 1958 as The Langston Hughes Reader.

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Selected Poems of Langston Hughes 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A school is named after him. My favorites were: Parisian beggar woman Death of an old seaman Dreams
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a true Langston Hughes fan then this is the one book to have in your collection. These are his favorites and each one speaks so clearly of his love of writing, people and life! Langston Hughes is an American poetic genius; be sure to pass his work on for generations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love his writings. My favorite poem in this compillation is "Cooleridge Jackson" because it was DEEP. The whole book is a wonderful read, but some of the poems evoke so much thought, you'll read one poem over and over again; the more you read it, the more you get from it. But, Hey, that's Langston Hughes for you. You go, Langston!!! (Applause)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best poetry book I have ever read.
Anonymous 13 days ago
Every person, and certainly every American, should hear the voice of Langston Hughes. This collection of his poetry is a fine introduction to that voice.
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