Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes by Langston HughesSterling proudly announces an exciting and vibrant addition to Poetry for Young People: The first African-American themed book in the series, featuring the poems of the extraordinary Langston Hughes. Edited by the two leading experts on Hughes’s work, and illustrated by the brilliant Benny Andrews, this very special volume is one to treasure forever.
A much-requested book that was years in the making…and well worth the wait. One of the central figures in the Harlem Renaissance—the flowering of black culture that took place in the 1920s and 30s—Langston Hughes captured the soul of his people, and gave voice to their concerns about race and social justice. His magnificent and powerful words still resonate today: that’s why it’s so important for young people to have access to his poems. Now they do, in a splendid volume edited and illustrated by a top-caliber team who are simply the best in their fields.
The introduction, biography, and annotations come from Arnold Rampersad, a Professor and Dean at Stanford University, who has written The Life of Langston Hughes, and David Roessel, co-editor with Professor Rampersad of The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes and editor of the Langston Hughes collection in Knopf’s Everyman series. Benny Andrews—a painter, printmaker, and arts advocate whose work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Smithsonian, among others—has created gallery-quality illustrations that pulse with energy and add rich dimension to the poems.
Among the anthologized poems are Hughes’s best-known and most loved works: “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”; “Aunt Sue’s Stories”; “Danse Africaine”; “Mother to Son”; “My People”; “Words Like Freedom”; “Harlem”; and “I, Too”—his sharp, pointed response to Walt Whitman’s earlier “I Hear America Singing.”
Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes is a publishing event for all to celebrate.
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10 Most Famous Poems by Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes published his first poem in He attended Columbia University , but left after one year to travel. A leading light of the Harlem Renaissance , Hughes published his first book in He went on to write countless works of poetry, prose and plays, as well as a popular column for the Chicago Defender. His parents, James Hughes and Carrie Langston, separated soon after his birth, and his father moved to Mexico. From that point, he went to live with his mother, and they moved to several cities before eventually settling in Cleveland, Ohio.
James Mercer Langston Hughes February 1,  — May 22, was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. He moved to New York City as a young man, where he made his career. One of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry , Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "the negro was in vogue," which was later paraphrased as "when Harlem was in vogue. Growing up in a series of Midwestern towns, Hughes became a prolific writer at an early age. Although he dropped out, he gained notice from New York publishers, first in The Crisis magazine, and then from book publishers and became known in the creative community in Harlem. He eventually graduated from Lincoln University.
Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry. Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "Harlem was in vogue. A paternal great-grandfather was of European Jewish descent. One of Click here to add this poet to your My Favorite Poets.
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Who Was Langston Hughes?
Thinking back on my slog through the Los Angeles Unified School District, there were a very few realities that kept me moving forward. One reality was that high school would eventually end. The number two bright spot illuminating my way through high school was the extraordinary literature I was being introduced to by some truly great English teachers. In seventh grade, along with Greek myths and a few Dorothy Parker stories, Langston Hughes was on the teaching plan. Hughes set out to portray the stories of African-American life that represented their actual culture—including the piercing heartbreak and the joy of everyday life in Harlem.
While it was long believed that Hughes was born in , new research released in indicated that he might have been born the previous year. His parents separated soon after his birth, and he was raised by his mother and grandmother. Back in New York City from seafaring and sojourning in Europe, he met in the writers Arna Bontemps and Carl Van Vechten , with whom he would have lifelong influential friendships. Hughes won an Opportunity magazine poetry prize in Knopf , who accepted the collection that Knopf would publish as The Weary Blues in
Langston Hughes was a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance , the flowering of black intellectual, literary, and artistic life that took place in the s in a number of American cities, particularly Harlem. A major poet, Hughes also wrote novels, short stories, essays, and plays. If white people are pleased we are glad. We know we are beautiful. And ugly too.