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The Life and Works of Langston Hughes
This essay explores the life and works of Langston Hughes.
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This essay gives an overview of the life and works of Langston Hughes, a popular African American poet. It explores his youth and his beginnings as a writer, as well as his connections with socialism and the difficulties he encountered throughout his career as a writer. The essay describes Hughes uniqueness as lying in his ability to make fun of history without underestimating the need to fight against it and expressing the negative truths of events while also stressing the human will to fight.

From the Paper:

"Scott says that Hughes' journalism from the 1940s to the 1960s was "his most popular literary innovation since his blues poems of the 1920s and 1930s." In the black-owned paper Chicago Defender, Hughes wrote "Here to Yonder," with the major character Jesse B. Simple. This character talked to African-Americans, such as Hughes, about current events, like class conflict, at the same time as rejecting their shared second-rate citizenship. This newspaper section was very popular, because it dealt with the ongoing living and working conditions of typical men and women of the times. Hughes promoted social equality "through the popular language of the African-American laborer," Scott notes, which became a clear, strong message of the upcoming Civil Rights movement."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Curley, Maureen, and Kolin, Philip. Hughes' Soul Gone Home. The Explicator 61.3 (2003), 164.
  • Cooper, Floyd. Coming Home: From the Life of Langston Hughes. New York: Philomel Books, 1994.
  • Dawahare, Anthony Langston Hughes's Radical Poetry and the "End of Race". MELUS 23.3, 1 1998.
  • Du Bois, W. E. B. (1899) The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1899.
  • Hughes, Langston. The Big Sea: An Autobiography. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940.

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