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Langston Hughes

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Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, in 1902. After graduation from high school, he spent a year in Mexico with his father, then a year studying at Columbia University. His first poem in a nationally known magazine was "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," which appeared in Crisis in 1921. In 1925, he was awarded the First Prize for Poetry of the magazine Opportunity, the winning poem being "The Weary Blues," which gave its title to his first book of poems, published in 1926. As a result of his poetry, Mr. Hughes received a scholarship at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, where... Read More

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Remember Me to Harlem
The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten
Written by Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten
Edited by Emily Bernard


Format: Trade Paperback, 402 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 5, 2002
Price: $15.00

The Harlem Renaissance comes to vivid life in the spirited, 40-year-long correspondence between the black novelist and poet Langston Hughes and the music and dance critic Carl Van Vechten, a flamboyant white critic, writer and photographer.

Hughes was twenty-two and Van Vechten forty-four when they began a friendship that would last... Read more >
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Remember Me to Harlem
The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten
Written by Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten
Edited by Emily Bernard


Format: eBook, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

Written by Langston Hughes
Edited by Arnold Rampersad


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 31, 1995
Price: $19.95

Spanning five decades and comprising 868 poems (nearly 300 of which have never before appeared in book form), this magnificent volume is the definitive sampling of a writer who has been called the poet laureate of African America--and perhaps our greatest popular poet since Walt Whitman. Here, for the first time... Read more >

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The Dream Keeper and Other Poems

Written by Langston Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
On Sale: December 3, 1996
Price: $11.99

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The Dream Keeper and Other Poems

Written by Langston Hughes
Illustrated by Brian Pinkney


Format: Hardcover, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
On Sale: January 25, 1994
Price: $16.99

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The Dream Keeper and Other Poems

Written by Langston Hughes


Format: eBook, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
On Sale: October 26, 2011
Price: $9.99

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Hughes: Poems

Written by Langston Hughes


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: March 23, 1999
Price: $14.95

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Not Without Laughter

Written by Langston Hughes


Format: eBook, 324 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $13.99

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The Panther and the Lash

Written by Langston Hughes


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 26, 2011
Price: $9.99

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The Panther & the Lash

Written by Langston Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 120 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 4, 1992
Price: $13.95

In The Panther and the Lash, his last collection of verse, Hughes's voice is more pointed than ever as he explicitly addresses the racial politics of the sixties in such pieces as "Prime," "Motto," "Dream Deferred," "Frederick Douglass: 1817-1895," and "Daybreak in Alabama," and many other moving poems. Sometimes ironic, sometimes... Read more >

Selected Letters of Langston Hughes
Edited by Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel
Written by Langston Hughes
Edited by Arnold Rampersad, David Roessel and Chrisa Fratantoro


Format: eBook, 480 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 10, 2015
Price: $18.99

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February 10, 2015
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Selected Letters of Langston Hughes

Written by Langston Hughes
Edited by Arnold Rampersad, David Roessel and Chrisa Fratantoro


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 10, 2015
Price: $35.00

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Also available as an eBook.

Selected Poems of Langston Hughes

Written by Langston Hughes


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 26, 2011
Price: $13.99

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Selected Poems of Langston Hughes

Written by Langston Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1990
Price: $15.00

The poems in this collection were chosen by Hughes himself shortly before his death in 1967 and represent work from his entire career, including "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," "The Weary Blues," "Still Here," "Song for a Dark Girl," "Montage of a Dream Deferred," and "Refugee in America." It gives us... Read more >
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Tambourines to Glory
A Novel
Written by Langston Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 180 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 26, 2006
Price: $11.00

For every bustling jazz joint that opened in Korean War–era Harlem, a new church seemed to spring up. Tambourines to Glory introduces you to an unlikely team behind a church whose rock was the curb at 126th and Lenox.

Essie Belle Johnson and Laura Reed live in adjoining tenement flats, adrift on... Read more >
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Tambourines to Glory
A Novel
Written by Langston Hughes


Format: eBook, 176 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 3, 2010
Price: $8.99

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Vintage Hughes

Written by Langston Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $10.95

“Langston Hughes is a titanic figure in 20th-century American literature…a powerful interpreter of the American experience.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

Langston Hughes’s mastery of the African American vernacular and his passionate vision of the world resonate in this generous selection of his poems including “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” “I, Too,” “The Weary... Read more >

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The Ways of White Folks
Stories
Written by Langston Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1990
Price: $14.95

Like his most famous poems, Langston Hughes’s stories are messages from that “other” America, sharply etched vignettes of its daily life, cruelly accurate portrayals of black people colliding—sometimes humorously, more often tragically—with whites. Filled with mordant wit and human detail, whether his character is a poor black musician or wealthy whites... Read more >
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The Ways of White Folks
Stories
Written by Langston Hughes


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 7, 2011
Price: $11.99

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February 10, 2015
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The Weary Blues

Written by Langston Hughes


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 10, 2015
Price: $26.00

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The Weary Blues

Written by Langston Hughes


Format: eBook, 128 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 10, 2015
Price: $12.99

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