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Title:
Langston Hughes : a biography
Author:
Leach, Laurie F.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2004]

©2004
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xx, 176 pages ; 24 cm.
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English
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ISBN:
9780313324970
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Book

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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.


Author Notes

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


Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Timelinep. xv
Chapter 1 Lonely Boyp. 1
Chapter 2 Class Poetp. 7
Chapter 3 The Lure of Harlemp. 15
Chapter 4 At Seap. 21
Chapter 5 European Adventurep. 25
Chapter 6 "Trying to Catch a Jazz Rhythm"p. 29
Chapter 7 A Rising Negro Artistp. 35
Chapter 8 Park Avenue Godmotherp. 41
Chapter 9 The Mule Bone of Contentionp. 49
Chapter 10 A Turn toward Socialismp. 61
Chapter 11 Film Project in Moscowp. 71
Chapter 12 Soviet Journeyp. 77
Chapter 13 Uneasy in Carmelp. 85
Chapter 14 Adriftp. 93
Chapter 15 Under Firep. 99
Chapter 16 Fighting Hitler and Jim Crowp. 109
Chapter 17 "Red-Tinged Poet"p. 117
Chapter 18 "Fooling around with the Theatre"p. 125
Chapter 19 Facing Down McCarthyp. 131
Chapter 20 Hughes and the Freedom Movementp. 139
Chapter 21 Hughes's Final Yearsp. 149
Abbreviations for Texts Citedp. 157
Selected Bibliographyp. 159
Indexp. 165