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Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, went to Cleveland, Ohio, lived for a number of years in Chicago, and long resided in New York City's Harlem. He graduated from Lincoln University in 1929 and was awarded an honorary Litt. D. in 1943. He was perhaps best known as a poet and the creator of Simple, but he also wrote novels, biography, history, plays (several of them Broadway hits), and children's books, and he edited several anthologies. Mr. Hughes died in 1967.
Arnold Rampersad, author of the widely acclaimed biography The Life of Langston Hughes, is Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature and director of American Studies at Princeton University.
There's nothing like a first-hand account of a life like that of Langston Hughes! I started reading the classic biography, which was quoting The Big Sea, and I thought - wait, why... Read morePublished 2 months ago by djbinthecosmos
This autobiography begins with the author sailing out of New York harbor and chucking his collection of books overboard, "as far as I could out into the sea" (pg. 31). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hamilton Beck
If you don't know much about the life of Langston, then this is a good place to start. Written over 50 years ago, it provides a sanitized glimpse into the life of this iconic... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Abou Fall
This expansive, witty, completely surprising autobiography is one of the best books about a young writer in search of himself and his voice since Joyce's "Portrait of an... Read morePublished 5 months ago by T-Bone
Boring. He's a great poet and short story writer, but not a good memoirist.Published 11 months ago by Collette Funkhauser
Ok...not really. It was part of the reading list for an English Literature class I took in college. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jason Long
An amazing autobiography of such a rich life of a young black man in virtually every scenario one could think of. I like his style of writing. Read morePublished 19 months ago by coloredgirl
langston hughes is one of my favorite authors and this work certainly delivers both entertainment and cultural consciousness, much like all of his worksPublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer