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Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967.
Uniform Title:
Poems. Selections
Publication Information:
New York : Knopf, 1999.
Physical Description:
252 pages ; 17 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
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PS3515.U274 A6 1999 Adult Fiction African American

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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 a treasure-an essential collection of the work of a poet whose words have entered our common language.

Author Notes

Langston Hughes, February 1, 1902 - May 22, 1967 Langston Hughes, one of the foremost black writers to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance, was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Mo. Hughes briefly attended Columbia University before working numerous jobs including busboy, cook, and steward. While working as a busboy, he showed his poems to American poet Vachel Lindsay, who helped launch his career. He soon obtained a scholarship to Lincoln University and had several works published.

Hughes is noted for his depictions of the black experience. In addition to the black dialect, he incorporated the rhythms of jazz and the blues into his poetry. While many recognized his talent, many blacks disapproved of his unflattering portrayal of black life. His numerous published volumes include, "The Weary Blues," "Fine Clothes to the Jew," and "Montage of a Dream Deferred." Hughes earned several awards during his lifetime including: a Guggenheim fellowship, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Grant, and a Spingarn Medal from the NAACP.

Langston Hughes died of heart failure on May 22, 1967.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Poems of Five Decades
The Negro Speaks of Rivers Aunt Sue's Stories
Negro Danse Africaine Song for a Banjo Dance
Mother to Son
When Sue Wears Red Jazzonia
Prayer Meeting My People Migration
Lament for Dark Peoples
Youth Dream Variations
Johannesburg Mines Negro Dancers
I, Too The Weary Blues To Midnight
Nan at Leroy's Soledad Cross
Summer Night Jazz Band in a Parisian Cabaret
Midwinter Blues Ma Man Lament over Love Homesick Blues
Ruby Brown Elevator Boy Bound No'th Blues Feet o'
Jesus Beale Street
Love A House in Taos Railroad Avenue
Saturday Night
Midnight Dancer Blues Fantasy
Lenox Avenue: Midnight Spirituals Fire
Moan Angels Wings
Baby Red Silk Stockings
Young Gal's Blues Magnolia Flowers
Hurt Aesthete in Harlem Afro-American Fragment
Black Seed To Certain Negro Leaders
October 16: The Raid Advertisement for the Waldorf-Astoria
Florida Road Workers Always the Same
Letter to the Academy Personal Cubes Madrid
Let America Be America Again
Genius Child
Poet to Patron Visitors to the Black Belt
Note on Commercial Theatre
Seven Moments of Love Daybreak in Alabama Evenin'
Air Blues Sunset in Dixie
Me and the Mule Merry-Go-Round Ku Klux Reverie on the Harlem River
Words Like Freedom Red Cross Silhouette Still Here
Moonlight in Valencia: Civil War
Madam's Past History
Madam's Calling Cards
Madam and Her Might-Have-Been
Madam and the Phone Bill
Madam and the Fortune Teller
Heart Graduation
Freedom Train
Trumpet Player Life Is Fine
Harlem [1] Mama and Daughter
Third Degree Interne at Provident
American Heartbreak Envoy to Africa Old Walt
In Explanation of Our Times
Memo to Non-White Peoples
Jim Crow Car Go Slow
Junior Addict Final Call Long View: Negro Birmingham Sunday Sweet Words on Race
Montage of a Dream Deferred Dream Boogie Parade
Children's Rhymes
Sister Preference
Necessity Question
Buddy Juke Box
Love Song Ultimatum Warning
Croon New Yorkers Wonder
Easy Boogie Movies
Tell Me Not a Movie
Neon Signs Numbers
What? So Soon!
Motto Dead in There Situation
Dancer Advice Green Memory Wine-O
Relief Ballad of the Landlord
Corner Meeting Projection
Flatted Fifths Tomorrow Mellow
Live and Let Live Gauge Bar CafeĀ“: 3 a.m
Drunkard Street Song 125th Street Dive Warning: Augmented Up-Beat Jam Session Be-Bop Boys Tag Theme for English B College Formal: Renaissance Casino Low to High Boogie: 1 a.m
High to Low Lady's Boogie So Long Deferred Request
Shame on You World War II Mystery
Sliver of Sermon Testimonial
Passing Nightmare
Boogie Sunday by the Combination
Casualty Night Funeral in Harlem Blues at Dawn Dime
Argument Neighbor
Evening Song
Chord Fact Joe Louis
Subway Rush Hour
Brothers Likewise Sliver Hope Dream Boogie: Variation Harlem [2]
Good Morning Same in Blues
Comment on Curb Letter Island
Index of First Lines