The Voice of the Poet: Langston Hughes

The Voice of the Poet: Langston Hughes

by Langston Hughes
     
 

THE VOICE OF THE POET

A remarkable series of audiobooks, featuring distinguished twentieth-century American poets reading from their own work. A first in audiobook publishing—a series that uses the written word to enhance the listening experience—poetry to be read as well as heard. Each audiobook includes rare archival recordings and a book with

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THE VOICE OF THE POET

A remarkable series of audiobooks, featuring distinguished twentieth-century American poets reading from their own work. A first in audiobook publishing—a series that uses the written word to enhance the listening experience—poetry to be read as well as heard. Each audiobook includes rare archival recordings and a book with the text of the poetry, a bibliography, and commentary by J. D. McClatchy, the poet and critic, who is the editor of The Yale Review.

"Hearing poetry spoken by the poet is always a unique illumination. This series opens our ears to some of the most passionate utterances and enthralling performances ever recorded."—Seamus Heaney, Nobel Prize winner, Poetry

"There has been a great need for a well-edited audio series for poetry, with high literary and technical quality. J. D. McClatchy has filled this need with great style."—Robert Pinsky

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7-Up This new series provides listeners with archival recordings by renowned 20th century poets, both of their own works and their remarks about their lives and works. This volume excels in the particular poems selected for inclusion and their arrangement, the splices made between recording sessions which allow for a unified hour, and the fact that Langston Hughes discusses themes in his life and work which will resonate with contemporary listeners and readers. The opening tracks feature Hughes talking about his childhood and youth; each poem beyond that is framed by his remarks on its genesis, place in his canon, and connection to the personal, political, or artistic world to which its content is related. Hughes was a comfortable speaker, making this a particularly accessible recording for youth. The paperback book includes the text of each poem as it was published (but not necessarily as Hughes recites it) as well as an introductory essay by poet and critic J. D. McClatchy. This is a stellar choice for both public and school collections, and should be brought to the attention of classroom teachers as an outstanding supplement to the study of contemporary poetry and/or social sciences.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553714913
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/26/2002
Series:
Voice of the Poet Series
Edition description:
Abridged, 1 CD, 62 min. and Book
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.15(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was a writer of astonishing range. Poetry, fiction, plays, autobiography, essays, libretti for operas and Broadway musicals, and cantatas - work streamed from his desk. It is as a poet though, that he is best known, and his place at the center of Harlem Renaissance was enormously influential. He was the first African-American to write civil-rights protest poetry, as well as the first to use jazz and the blues as a basis for a literary style. Few poets have ever potrayed so vividly the black experience, its triumphs and travails, and in a language that cunningly dramatizes the folk vernacular. Hughes was born in Missouri, worked as a manual laborer and traveled the world - the better, in the end, to know so intimately the realities of urban life for the displaced and rootless. He wrote with eloquence, humor and a deep humanity.

"A poet," he once wrote, "is a human being. Each human being must live within his time, with and for his people, and within the boundaries of his country." Hughes wrote of the drama of his time with a sense of truth that continues to startle and move.

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