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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... Read More

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Remember Me to Harlem
Written by Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten, Edited by Emily Bernard
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2002
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-72707-8 (0-375-72707-8)

Langston Hughes is widely remembered as a celebrated star of the Harlem Renaissance -- a writer whose bluesy, lyrical poems and novels still have broad appeal. What's less well known about Hughes is that for much of his life he maintained a friendship with Carl Van Vechten, a flamboyant white critic... Read more






The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
Written by Langston Hughes, Edited by Arnold Rampersad
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 1995
$19.95/24.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-76408-3 (0-679-76408-9)

"The ultimate book for both the dabbler and serious scholar--. [Hughes] is sumptuous and sharp, playful and sparse, grounded in an earthy music--. This book is a glorious revelation."--Boston Globe

Spanning five decades and comprising 868 poems (nearly 300 of which have never before appeared in book form), this magnificent volume is... Read more






The Dream Keeper and Other Poems
Written by Langston Hughes
Knopf Books for Young Readers | Trade Paperback | December 1996
$11.99/13.99(Canada) | 978-0-679-88347-0 (0-679-88347-9)

Illus. in black-and-white. This classic collection of poetry is available in a handsome new gift edition that includes seven additional poems written after The Dream Keeper was first published. In a larger format, featuring Brian Pinkney's scratchboard art on every spread, Hughes's inspirational message to young people is as relevant today... Read more






The Dream Keeper and Other Poems
Written by Langston Hughes, Illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Knopf Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | January 1994
$16.99/21.99(Canada) | 978-0-679-84421-1 (0-679-84421-X)

"HOLD FAST TO DREAMS / For if dreams die / Life is a broken-winged bird / That cannot fly."

The Dream Keeper, the great African-American writer Langston Hughes's only collection of poems for children, includes some of his best loved works. It is being reissued in a handsome hardcover edition in celebration... Read more






Hughes: Poems
Written by Langston Hughes
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | March 1999
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-40551-8 (0-375-40551-8)

From the publication of his first book in 1926, Langston Hughes was hailed as the poet laureate of black America, the first to commemorate the experience of African Americans in a voice that no reader, black or white, could fail to hear. Lyrical and pungent, passionate and polemical, this volume is... Read more






The Panther & the Lash
Written by Langston Hughes
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 1992
$13.95/15.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-73659-2 (0-679-73659-X)

From the publication of his first book in 1926, Langston Hughes was America's acknowledged poet of color, the first to commemorate the experience--and suffering--of African-Americans in a voice that no reader, black or white, could fail to hear.  In this, his last collection of verse, Hughes's voice is more pointed than ever... Read more






Selected Letters of Langston Hughes
Written by Langston Hughes, Edited by Arnold Rampersad, David Roessel and Chrisa Fratantoro
Knopf | Hardcover | February 10, 2015
$35.00/41.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-41379-7 (0-375-41379-0)

This is the first comprehensive selection from the correspondence of the iconic and beloved Langston Hughes. It offers a life in letters that showcases his many struggles as well as his memorable achievements. Arranged by decade and linked by expert commentary, the volume guides us through Hughes’s journey in all its...

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Selected Poems of Langston Hughes
Written by Langston Hughes
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 1990
$15.00/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-72818-4 (0-679-72818-X)

With the publication of his first book of poems, The Weary Blues, in 1926, Langston Hughes electrified readers and launched a renaissance in black writing in America.  The poems Hughes wrote celebrated the experience of invisible men and women: of slaves who "rushed the boots of Washington"; of musicians on Lenox Avenue... Read more






Tambourines to Glory
Written by Langston Hughes
Broadway Books | Trade Paperback | September 2006
$11.00/12.00(Canada) | 978-0-7679-2327-9 (0-7679-2327-8)

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






Vintage Hughes
Written by Langston Hughes
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2004
$10.95/12.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3402-4 (1-4000-3402-7)

Vintage Readers are a perfect introduction to some of the great modern writers presented in attractive, accessible paperback editions.

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

Arguably the most important writer to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance... Read more






The Ways of White Folks
Written by Langston Hughes
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 1990
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-72817-7 (0-679-72817-1)

In these acrid and poignant stories, Hughes depicted black people colliding--sometimes humorously, more often tragically--with whites in the 1920s and '30s. Read more






The Weary Blues
Written by Langston Hughes
Knopf | Hardcover | February 10, 2015
$26.00/31.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-35297-0 (0-385-35297-2)

Nearly ninety years after its first publication, this celebratory edition of The Weary Blues reminds us of the stunning achievement of Langston Hughes, who was just twenty-four at its first appearance. Beginning with the opening “Proem” (prologue poem)—“I am a Negro: / Black as the night is black, / Black like...

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