"This is a book I have waited half a lifetime for."--Alice Walker. "Excellent....Mr. Rampersad [leaves] you eager to see what he makes of the rest of the story, and confident that his second volume will be as good as his first."--The New York Times. "A sympathetic, yet clear-eyed portrait of one of America's most controversial writers that also manages to be a sweeping depiction of the black experience in this country and abroad during the first four decades of the 20th century....A near-perfect example of the biographer's art, balanced and thought-provoking."--Kirkus Reviews. "The best biography of Hughes ever written, and in my opinion it is also the best biography of a black American writer ever written."--Arna A. Bontemps. "There can be no question about the importance of Rampersad's biography...without doubt the definitive Hughes biography."--James Olney
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