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The Works of Langston Hughes
An analysis of the life and works of Langston Hughes and their contribution to the Harlem Renaissance.
# 100315 | 1,968 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 24, 2007 in Literature (American) , African-American Studies (Historical Figures)

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This paper discusses the life and works of African-American writer, Langston Hughes. It particularly considers how Hughes was linked to the period of time known as the Harlem Renaissance and how he affected this time period. The paper also looks at the early life of Hughes and discusses how the life and writings of Langston Hughes continues to inspire African-Americans to this day.

Table of Contents:
The Early Life of Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes and Harlem
Life and Career of Langston Hughes
The Works of Langston Hughes

From the Paper:

"While the early life of Langston Hughes, and the Harlem Renaissance have been discussed, it is important to study what his life was like as he strived to eventually make Harlem his home. Early in life Hughes had decided to make writing as his career. At only eighteen years old, Hughes decided that he would make his living as a writer, but only had Hughes decided to be a writer, he had also decided to focus most of his writings to be about African Americans. "From his decision around 1920, at the age of 18, to try to live by his writings, he devoted himself to a career that would take as its center the world of African Americans" (Rampersad 22). Hughes believed African Americans were equal to whites and he believed in valuing humanity regardless of the person's skin color or race. "He moved easily between this profound sense of racial pride and love - unrivaled in its intensity by that of any other major writer - a cosmopolitanism that made him at home all around the world" (Rampersad 22). Even at a young age, people began to value his works."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bailey, Ellen. "Langston Hughes: Background and Early Life." Langston Hughes. (2006), 1.
  • Butler, Robert. "Langston Hughes: A biography." African American Review 40.2 (Summer 2006), 386-387.
  • "Langston Hughes." November 13, 2006. <>.
  • "Langston Hughes 1902-1967". November 13, 2006. <>.
  • "Langston Hughes - Harlem Renaissance" November 13, 2006. <>.

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