The Block by Langston Hughes

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 4 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

Thirteen poems about the New York City neighborhood of Harlem are teamed with the collage painting, The Block, a celebration of the bustle of Harlem, from the corner grocery store to the local Baptist church.
 

About Langston Hughes

See more books from this Author
Langston Hughes, February 1, 1902 - May 22, 1967 Langston Hughes, one of the foremost black writers to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance, was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Mo. Hughes briefly attended Columbia University before working numerous jobs including busboy, cook, and steward. While working as a busboy, he showed his poems to American poet Vachel Lindsay, who helped launch his career. He soon obtained a scholarship to Lincoln University and had several works published. Hughes is noted for his depictions of the black experience. In addition to the black dialect, he incorporated the rhythms of jazz and the blues into his poetry. While many recognized his talent, many blacks disapproved of his unflattering portrayal of black life. His numerous published volumes include, "The Weary Blues," "Fine Clothes to the Jew," and "Montage of a Dream Deferred." Hughes earned several awards during his lifetime including: a Guggenheim fellowship, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Grant, and a Spingarn Medal from the NAACP. Langston Hughes died of heart failure on May 22, 1967. Ntozake Shange (b. 1948) is the author of for colored girls--who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf, Sassafras, Cypress & Indigo, Betsey Brown and many other works. Her column appears regularly in Philadelphia's Real News and her most recent novel is Liliane: Resurrection of the Daughter.Romare Bearden (1912-1988) is one of America's pre-eminent artists. His works are in the collections of every major museum in New York City as well as more than a dozen across the country.
 
Published November 1, 1995 by Metropolitan Museum of Art. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Westerns. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Block

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

In a work published in conjunction with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the words and images of two Harlem Renaissance artists combine in a jazzy portrait of life on a Harlem block.

| Read Full Review of The Block

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Bearden's (1911-1988) extraordinary six-panel collage The Block, now housed at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, is the raison d'etre of this elegant book, its selection of Hughes's poems no

Oct 30 1995 | Read Full Review of The Block

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Bearden's (1911-1988) extraordinary six-panel collage The Block, now housed at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, is the raison d'etre of this elegant book, its selection of Hughes's poems notwithstanding.

| Read Full Review of The Block

Express

Years of making films set on inner city estates and he never thought of including aliens.

May 15 2011 | Read Full Review of The Block

Reader Rating for The Block
95%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 5 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review