Selected Letters of Langston Hughes

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He is one of the giants of twentieth-century American poetry. He is often cited as the cultural leader of the Harlem Renaissance; he traveled widely across the world and experienced discrimination first hand. He is Langston Hughes, and now we have a chance to delve into his life with this collection of letters. While this does not represent his entire output, it is a wide selection ranging from when he started off at Columbia, where he only lasted one year, through his final days. These letters present to us a world picture that we would not see otherwise: the wisecracks, the feuds with people he thought stole his work, and his life-long friendships. In this modern age it gives us a chance to relive the day when the letter was king and that was the way you communicated with people. But above all we get to see Langston Hughes the man, who became a legend in his later life and after his death. For people who like reading these types of collections you will enjoy this, because it gives the reader a chance to go into Hughes’ daily life and offers a look into what he was thinking.


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Author Langston Hughes, Arnold Rampersad, David Roessel, Christa Fratantoro, editors
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 480 pages
Publisher Knopf
Publish Date 2015-Feb-10
ISBN 9780375413797
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Issue April 2015
Category Biographies & Memoirs
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