Langston Hughes by Christine M. Hill
Poet of the Harlem Renaissance (African-American Biographies (Enslow))

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Langston Hughes drew poetic inspiration from the heart and soul of African-American culture. His original verse resonates with the rhythms of jazz, blues and the language of the streets. Describing the everyday lives of African Americans, Hughes became the leading African-American poet of the world.

In Langston Hughes: Poet of the Harlem Renaissance, author Christine M. Hill explores the life and career of this beloved--sometimes controversial--poet. After a lonely childhood and one unhappy year of college, Hughes educated himself by wandering the globe, searching for meaning and finding within himself the rich voice of his people. In the 1920s he returned to the United States, where he finished college and became a major figure in the flourishing arts scene in Harlem, a district of New York City. Despite a life plagued at times by loneliness, poverty, racial discrimination, and political persecution, Langston Hughes let nothing stand in the way of achieving his dream of becoming a writer. He died in 1967, but his seven volumes of poetry, as well as his short stories, hit plays, autobiographical works, and social commentary are a powerful legacy.


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Published August 1, 1997 by Enslow Publishers. 128 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction