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Essential Langston Hughes CD (Caedmon Essentials) Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged

ISBN-13: 978-0061336942 ISBN-10: 0061336947

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Product Details

  • Series: Caedmon Essentials
  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Caedmon (July 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061336947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061336942
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.6 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,275,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Langston Hughes (1902-1967) ranks as one of the greatest American poets of the twentieth century. A landmark figure in the Harlem Renaissance, his work profoundly captures and celebrates the trials and triumphs of his exquisitly drawn characters. In addition to his poetry, he was also the author of the novels Not Without Laughter and Something in Common, the play Mulatto, and two volumes of autobiography.

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This recording offers the opportunity to hear Langston Hughes relate his experiences and explain his influences and approaches to poetry, as well as to enjoy his readings of his work. His voice is gentle and lively when speaking of his personal experiences. His voice for reading is more sonorous and reminiscent of the phrasing of the blues. Students, scholars, and aficionados of poetry, blues, jazz, and African-American history will value this significant primary source. Hearing Hughes describe his inspiration for The Negro Speaks of Rivers is a history lesson in itself, which his reading augments. The spirit of the poet, his ability to observe human behavior yet not despair, and his bluesification of his experiences into poetry are beautifully captured in this truly essential recording. R.F. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael F. Hopkins on December 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
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Give a listen to ESSENTIAL LANGSTON HUGHES, and encounter the straightforward voice, swingtrue spirit,and wondrous verse of a legendary African American innovator. Collected on a Spoken Word CD (an Audiobook, nowadays!) combing the archives of the renowned Caedmon recording label, the one-and-only Langston Hughes can be heard bearing witness to the rich resilience of his personal culture, and its universally time-honored humanity.

The commentaries on this Caedmon collection (under the general catalog
of HarperAudio) are exceptional in unveiling the roots of Hughes' unique conception of Poetry twined in Jazz (well-honed in the 1920s, long before Jack Kerouac hit the literary scene). The author's plainspoken homespun proves most astute in pinpointing the foibles of American culture in both the vested exploitation and brutal suppression of non-Western cultures within its midst, and around the word.

Gathered from talks with the BBC in 1962 and 1964, the album's selections cover a great deal of aesthetic ground, from the fleeting everyday to
the monumentally visionary. Featuring widely acclaimed epics such as
"The Negro Speaks Of Rivers" alongside lesser-known landmarks such
as the tempest forecast of "The Explanation Of Our Times" and the sly,
brilliantly satirical "Cultural Exchange", it takes little time for the author's canny folklore to gently reach heart and soul, as the mind is relentlessly engaged to consider all with a focused purpose. It has yet to be improved upon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura Gail on April 7, 2010
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To actually hear a poet read their own work adds a new depth to the work--brings out things you might not have ever realized were there. Hughes is an excellent reader of his work, and for this reason alone this is a CD well worth buying.

But wait, THERE'S MORE! Close to half this CD is Hughes' commentary on his poetry, where the poems came from, and stories about his life as a poet. Hearing the commentaries was fabulous. I will probably buy more copies of this to give to friends who teach poetry, this recording brings Hughes' work alive in an exciting way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Soplayalready on July 24, 2008
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How wonderful it was to find out that there was material that contained the actual voice of the poet reading his poetry as he indented it to be heard. I purchased this recording to add to my library so that my 4 year old granddaughter will have the opportunity to hear her own history by someone who lived at a time when things were much different from a world that (I hope) will be very different from the wold in which she will be living.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carine Topal on July 17, 2013
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The CD is outstanding. Just to hear Hughes' voice! I especially like to hear his poetry and read along. Fabulous!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Golden Rose on March 15, 2013
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Not every poet is a great reader of his or her own work: Langston Hughes is. His high and gentle voice makes for vivid and unpretentious readings of his poetry. This cd includes some excerpts from a BBC interview that provides good insight into Hughes's early work.
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