Poems (Lh2): 1941-1950

Poems (Lh2): 1941-1950

by Arnold Rampersad, Langston Hughes
     
 

Volume 2 includes the books Shakespeare in Harlem (1942), Jim Crow's Last Stand (1943), Fields of Wonder (1947), and One-Way Ticket (1949). Starting around 1940, Hughes turned away from radical socialism toward strong support for the national war effort; as a poet, he resumed his experimentation in the blues, as Shakespeare in Harlem<

Overview

Volume 2 includes the books Shakespeare in Harlem (1942), Jim Crow's Last Stand (1943), Fields of Wonder (1947), and One-Way Ticket (1949). Starting around 1940, Hughes turned away from radical socialism toward strong support for the national war effort; as a poet, he resumed his experimentation in the blues, as Shakespeare in Harlem brilliantly demonstrates. With this change in political emphasis came a renewed commitment to the achievement of civil rights for blacks, which Jim Crow's Last Stand vigorously asserts. In contrast, Fields of Wonder was Hughes's only book devoted almost entirely to lyric verse; but the next volume, One-Way Ticket, restored the balance that was essential to his creative expression as a poet.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Langston Hughes is a titanic figure in 20th- century American literature . . . a powerful interpreter of the American experience. . . . His poems are as vital as ever."—Philadelphia Inquirer

"[Hughes's] poetry has a pulse, a beauty and familiar kindness. . . . Much of it delights, even dazzles. His best work sticks with you—forever."—Cleveland Plain Dealer

Philadelphia Inquirer
Langston Hughes is a titanic figure in 20th- century American literature . . . a powerful interpreter of the American experience. . . . His poems are as vital as ever.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
[Hughes's] poetry has a pulse, a beauty and familiar kindness. . . . Much of it delights, even dazzles. His best work sticks with you--forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826213402
Publisher:
University of Missouri Press
Publication date:
06/18/2001
Series:
COLLECTED WORK LANGSTON HUGHES
Edition description:
1
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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About the Editor

Arnold Rampersad is Professor of English at Stanford University in California. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous publications, including The Life of Langston Hughes, Jackie Robinson: A Biography, and, with Arthur Ashe, Days of Grace: A Memoir.

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