Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

by Karen Bush Gibson

Hardcover(Library Binding - Library Edition)



Langston Hughes was one of the leading voices in twentieth-century literature. As a writer, he took chances, not minding if what he had to say upset someone. His writing reflected not only his life, but life around him. Whether he attacked the discrimination aimed at African Americans or expounded on communist philosophy, his writing came from who he was.

Growing up a lonely little boy, he longed for parents to support him and love him. Instead, they were always leaving him or asking him to be someone other than who he was. His grandmother taught him to be proud of being African American, and he carried this with him throughout his life. He felt disdain for those artists who he felt denied their race.

Best known as a poet, Hughes also wrote short stories, novels, plays, lyrics, and nonfiction books for children. One of his favorite things to do was to write poetry that sounded like the blues and jazz music he loved so well. He became a leading voice in the Harlem Renaissance, a 1920s movement of great artistic achievement by African Americans, and remains an inspiration for poets and playwrights in the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584154310
Publisher: Mitchell Lane Pub Inc
Publication date: 02/28/2007
Series: Poets and Playwrights Ser.
Edition description: Library Edition
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

Table of Contents

"The Weary Blues"     7
FYI: The Harlem Renaissance     10
Growing Up in Kansas     13
FYI: John Brown and Harpers Ferry     20
Northern Migration     23
FYI: The Influences of Sandburg and Whitman     32
"I've Known Rivers"     35
FYI: The NAACP     42
Sailing to Africa     45
FYI: Jim Crow and Lynching     52
Poet and Student     55
FYI: The Blues     62
Speaking to the South     65
FYI: Scottsboro     70
War and Death     73
FYI: Arna Bomtemps     80
The "Shakespeare of Harlem"     83
FYI: McCarthvism     88
"A Dream Deferred"     91
FYI: The Civil Rights Movement     96
Chronology     98
Selected Works     99
Timeline in History     101
Chapter Notes     103
Further Reading     107
Works Consulted     107
On the Internet     108
Glossary     109
Index     111

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