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The Panther & the Lash

Written by Langston Hughes

The Panther & the Lash .

Category: Poetry - Single Author - American
Imprint: Vintage
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: February 1992
Price: $13.95
Can. Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73659-2 (0-679-73659-X)
Pages: 120



 
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 bitter, always powerful, these poems are the last testament of a great American writer grappling fearlessly and artfully with the most compelling issues of his time.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
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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