Langston Hughes: A Biography

Langston Hughes: A Biography

by Laurie Leach

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Overview

This biography traces Hughes' life and artistic development, from his early years of isolation, which fostered his fierce independence, to his prolific life as a poet, playwright, lyricist, and journalist. Hughes' inspiring story is told through 21 engaging chapters, each providing a fascinating vignette of the artistic, personal, and political associations that shaped his life. Recounted are the pivotal developments in his literary career, with all its struggles and rewards, as well as his travel adventures to Africa, Europe, and Asia, and his political commitments to fight fascism as well as racism.

Langston Hughes was raised by a grandmother who actively aided the Underground Railroad, and his first forays into poetry reflected personal tales of slavery and heroism. Through his poetry, Hughes lived up to a proud tradition and continued the uplifting legacy of his race. He was a renaissance man in nearly every aspect of his life, and his name has become synonymous with the Harlem Renaissance movement he helped launch. This biography traces Hughes' life and artistic development, from his early years of isolation, which fostered his fierce independence, to his prolific life as a poet, playwright, lyricist, and journalist. Hughes' inspiring story is told through 21 engaging chapters, each providing a fascinating vignette of the artistic, personal, and political associations that shaped his life.

Recounted are the pivotal developments in his literary career, with all its struggles and rewards, as well as his travel adventures to Africa, Europe, and Asia, and his political commitments to fight fascism as well as racism. A timeline, a selected bibliography of biographical and critical sources, and a complete list of Hughes' writings complete the volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313324970
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/30/2004
Series: Greenwood Biographies Series
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

LAURIE F. LEACH is Associate Professor of English at Hawaii Pacific University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Abbreviations

Series Forward

Introduction

Timeline of Events

Lonely Boy

Class Poet

The Lure of Harlem

At Sea

European Adventure

"Trying to Catch a Jazz Rhythm"

Scaling the Racial Mountain

Godmother on Park Avenue

The Mule Bone of Contention

A Turn Toward Socialism

Film Project in Moscow

Soviet Journey

Uneasy in Carmel

Adrift

Under Fire

Fighting Hitler and Jim Crow

"Red Tinged Poet"

"Fooling Around with the Theater"

Facing Down McCarthy

Hughes and the Freedom Movement

Hughes Final Years

Notes

Works Cited

Selected Works by Hughes

Recommended Reading

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