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Langston Hughes


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 he won his B.A. in 1929. In 1943, he was awarded an honorary Litt.D. by his alma mater; he has also been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship (1935), a Rosenwald Fellowship (1940), and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Grant (1947). From 1926 until his death in 1967, Langston Hughes devoted his time to writing and lecturing. He wrote poetry, short stories, autobiography, song lyrics, essays, humor, and plays. A cross section of his work was published in 1958 as The Langston Hughes Reader.


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The Big Sea
Written by Langston Hughes and Arnold Rampersad
Read by Dominic Hoffman
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I Wonder as I Wander
Written by Langston Hughes and Arnold Rampersad
Read by Dominic Hoffman
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The Voice of the Poet: Langston Hughes
Written by Langston Hughes
Read by Langston Hughes
Format: Abridged Compact Disc

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Voices of the Poet: Langston Hughes
Written by Langston Hughes
Read by Langston Hughes
Format: Abridged Audiobook Download