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Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes (1902–1967), a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance and one of the most influential and esteemed writers of the twentieth century, was born in Joplin, Missouri, and spent much of his childhood in Kansas before moving to Harlem. His first book of poetry, The Weary Blues, was published in 1926; its success helped him to win a scholarship to Lincoln University, in Pennsylvania, from which he received his B.A. in 1929 and an honorary Litt.D. in 1943. Among his other awards and honors were a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rosenwald Fellowship, and a grant from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Hughes... 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
$21.00/28.00(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

Hughes: Poems
Written by Langston Hughes, Edited by David Roessel
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

Not Without Laughter
Written by Langston Hughes, Introduction by Angela Flournoy
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | January 2018
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-313186-1 (0-14-313186-9)

Our greatest African American poet’s award-winning first novel, about a black boy’s coming-of-age in a largely white Kansas town

When first published in 1930, Not Without Laughter established Langston Hughes as not only a brilliant poet and leading light of the Harlem Renaissance but also a gifted novelist. In telling the... 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 Christa Fratantoro
Knopf | Hardcover | February 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
$16.00/22.00(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

That Is My Dream!
Written by Langston Hughes, Illustrated by Daniel Miyares
Schwartz & Wade | Hardcover | October 2017
$17.99/23.99(Canada) | 978-0-399-55017-1 (0-399-55017-8)

“Dream Variation,” one of Langston Hughes's most celebrated poems, about the dream of a world free of discrimination and racial prejudice, is now a picture book stunningly illustrated by Daniel Miyares, the acclaimed creator of Float.

To fling my arms wide
In some place of the sun,
To whirl and to... Read more

Vintage Hughes
Written by Langston Hughes
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2004
$12.00/16.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3402-4 (1-4000-3402-7)

Arguably the most important writer to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and ‘30s, Langston Hughes was a great poet and a shrewd and lively storyteller. His work blends elements of blues and jazz, speech and song, into a triumphant and wholly original idiom.

Vintage Hughes includes the poems... Read more

The Ways of White Folks
Written by Langston Hughes
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 1990
$15.95/21.95(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 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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