Poet, playwright, novelist, and a grand figure in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, Langston Hughes stands as one of the most extraordinary and prolific American writers of this century. As the first installment of a two-volume biography, this portrait of Langston Hughes depicts his life from his birth in Missouri in 1902 to the winter of 1941.
Rampersad recounts Hughes' early days in Kansas as a child of a family steeped in radical Abolitionism, with an ancestor who fought and died at Harper's Ferry in John Brown's band. Taught by his aged grandmother to revere freedom and justice, he nevertheless led a lonely life as a child. His mother left him in his grandmother's care while trying unsuccessfully to launch a career in the theater, and his fathera black man who seemed to hate blacksabandoned him to find a business career in Mexico. Hughes grew into a highly disciplined and yet restless adult who found personal salvation in poetry.
Inspired by both the democratic chants of Walt Whitman and the vibrant forms of Afro-American culture, Hughes became the most original and revered of black poets. Rampersad's study traces the nomadic, yet dedicated spirit that led himas a young manto Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Africa, Europe, the Soviet Union, China, and Japan, as well as all over the United States. During his travels, Hughes cultivated associations with a dazzling range of political activists, patrons, and fellow artists, including Paul Robeson, Zora Neale Hurston, Carl Van Vechten, Lincoln Steffens, Nancy Cunard, Ernest Hemingway, and Claude McKay.
Based on exhaustive research in archival collections throughout the country, especially in the Langston Hughes papers at Yale University's Beinecke Library, Rampersad's masterful work presents a vivid portrait of one of our greatest writers and a sweeping panorama of culture and history in the early twentieth century.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Edition description:||Older Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.13(w) x 9.19(h) x 1.27(d)|
About the Author
Arnold Rampersad is Sara Hart Kimball Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University. He is the author of Days of Grace: A Memoir with Arthur Ashe, Jackie Robinson: A Biography, and he edited Collected Poems of Langston Hughes. He is winner of the Biographers International Organization's 2012 BIO Award.
Table of Contents
|1.||A Kansas Boyhood (1902 to 1915)||3|
|2.||Outsetting Bard (1915 to 1921)||23|
|3.||My People (1921 to 1923)||50|
|4.||On the Big Sea (1923 to 1924)||73|
|5.||We Have Tomorrow (1924 to 1926)||99|
|6.||A Lion at Lincoln (1926 to 1927)||125|
|7.||Godmother and Langston (1927 to 1930)||156|
|8.||Flight and Fall (1930 to 1931)||182|
|9.||Starting Over (1931 to 1932)||211|
|10.||Good Morning, Revolution (1932 to 1933)||242|
|11.||Waiting on Roosevelt (1933 to 1935)||276|
|12.||Still Waiting on Roosevelt (1935 to 1937)||306|
|13.||Earthquake Weather (1937 to 1939)||341|
|14.||The Fall of a Titan (1939 to 1941)||373|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Back in the summer of 1987 I purchased this amazing chronicle of America's poetic genius. His life is filled with trial and tribulation yet Langston Hughes transcended his peculiar circumstances to travel and interact with a plethora of personalities and historical figures that added to his existence and become fodder for his works.
With the feelings of a 'real black person' The book bring to life the liffe of Langston Hughes. From his birth to his death there is a feeling that you are the person living in the 1920's and feeling the music.