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Selected poems of Langston Hughes.
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967.
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xii, 297 pages ; 19 cm
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NP Lexile.
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With the publication of his first book of poems, The Weary Blues. in 1926, Langston Hughes electrified readers and launched a renaissance in black writing in America. The poems Hughes wrote celebrated the experience of invisible men and women: of slaves who "brushed the boots of Washington"; of musicians on Lenox Avenue; of the poor and the lovesick; of losers in "the raffle of night." They conveyed that experience in a voice that blended the spoken with the sung, that turned poetic lines into the phrases of jazz and blues, and that ripped through the curtain separating high from popular culture. They spanned the range from the lyric to the polemic, ringing out "wonder and pain and terror...and the marrow of the bone of life." Book jacket.

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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

Afro-American Fragments
Afro-American Fragmentp. 3
The Negro Speaks of Riversp. 4
Sun Songp. 5
Aunt Sue's Storiesp. 6
Danse Africainep. 7
Negrop. 8
American Heartbreakp. 9
October 16p. 10
As I Grew Olderp. 11
My Peoplep. 13
Dream Variationsp. 14
Feet of Jesus
Feet o' Jesusp. 17
Prayerp. 18
Shoutp. 19
Firep. 20
Sunday Morning Prophecyp. 21
Sinnerp. 23
Litanyp. 24
Angels Wingsp. 25
Judgment Dayp. 26
Prayer Meetingp. 27
Spiritualsp. 28
Tambourinesp. 29
Shadow of the Blues
The Weary Bluesp. 33
Hopep. 35
Late Last Nightp. 36
Bad Morningp. 37
Sylvester's Dying Bedp. 38
Wakep. 39
Could Bep. 40
Bad Luck Cardp. 41
Reverie on the Harlem Riverp. 42
Morning Afterp. 43
Early Evening Quarrelp. 44
Evilp. 45
As Befits a Manp. 46
Sea and Land
Havana Dreamsp. 49
Catchp. 50
Water-Front Streetsp. 51
Long Tripp. 52
Seascapep. 53
Moonlight Night: Carmelp. 54
Heavenp. 55
In Time of Silver Rainp. 56
Joyp. 57
Winter Moonp. 58
Snailp. 59
March Moonp. 60
Harlem Night Songp. 61
To Artinap. 62
Fulfilmentp. 63
Gypsy Melodiesp. 64
Mexican Market Womanp. 65
A Black Pierrotp. 66
Ardellap. 67
When Sue Wears Redp. 68
Lovep. 69
Beale Streetp. 70
Port Townp. 71
Natchap. 72
Young Sailorp. 73
Sea Calmp. 74
Dream Dustp. 75
No Regretsp. 76
Troubled Womanp. 77
Islandp. 78
Distance Nowhere
Border Linep. 81
Gardenp. 82
Genius Childp. 83
Strange Hurtp. 84
Suicide's Notep. 85
Endp. 86
Drump. 87
Personalp. 88
Julietp. 89
Desirep. 90
Vagabondsp. 91
Onep. 92
Desertp. 93
A House in Taosp. 94
Demandp. 96
Dreamp. 97
Night: Four Songsp. 98
Luckp. 99
Old Waltp. 100
Kid in the Parkp. 101
Song for Billie Holidayp. 102
Fantasy in Purplep. 103
After Hours
Midnight Rafflep. 107
What?p. 108
Gone Boyp. 109
50-50p. 110
Maybep. 111
Lover's Returnp. 112
Miss Blues'es Childp. 113
Trumpet Playerp. 114
Monroe's Bluesp. 116
Stony Lonesomep. 117
Black Mariap. 118
Life is Fine
Life Is Finep. 121
Still Herep. 123
Ballad of the Gypsyp. 124
Me and the Mulep. 125
Kid Sleepyp. 126
Little Lyricp. 127
Firedp. 128
Midnight Dancerp. 129
Blue Mondayp. 130
Ennuip. 131
Mama and Daughterp. 132
Delinquentp. 133
S-sss-ss-sh!p. 134
Homecomingp. 135
Final Curvep. 136
Little Green Treep. 137
Crossingp. 138
Widow Womanp. 139
Lament over Love
Miseryp. 143
Ballad of the Fortune Tellerp. 144
Corap. 146
Down and Outp. 147
Young Gal's Bluesp. 148
Ballad of the Girl Whose Name Is Mudp. 149
Hard Daddyp. 150
Midwinter Bluesp. 151
Little Old Letterp. 152
Lament over Lovep. 153
Magnolia Flowers
Daybreak in Alabamap. 157
Crossp. 158
Magnolia Flowersp. 159
Mulattop. 160
Southern Mammy Singsp. 162
Ku Kluxp. 163
West Texasp. 164
Share-Croppersp. 165
Ruby Brownp. 166
Roland Hayes Beatenp. 167
Uncle Tomp. 168
Porterp. 169
Blue Bayoup. 170
Silhouettep. 171
Song for a Dark Girlp. 172
The Southp. 173
Bound No'th Bluesp. 174
Name in Uphill Letters
One-Way Ticketp. 177
Migrantp. 178
Summer Eveningp. 180
Graduationp. 182
Interne at Providentp. 184
Railroad Avenuep. 186
Mother to Sonp. 187
Starsp. 188
To Be Somebodyp. 189
Note on Commercial Theatrep. 190
Puzzledp. 191
Seashore through Dark Glassesp. 192
Babyp. 193
Merry-Go-Roundp. 194
Elevator Boyp. 195
Who But the Lord?p. 196
Third Degreep. 197
Ballad of the Man Who's Gonep. 198
Madam to You
Madam's Past Historyp. 201
Madam and Her Madamp. 202
Madam's Calling Cardsp. 203
Madam and the Rent Manp. 204
Madam and the Number Writerp. 206
Madam and the Phone Billp. 208
Madam and the Charity Childp. 210
Madam and the Fortune Tellerp. 211
Madam and the Wrong Visitorp. 212
Madam and the Ministerp. 213
Madam and Her Might-Have-Beenp. 215
Madam and the Census Manp. 217
Montage of a Dream Deferred
Montage of a Dream Deferredp. 221
Words Like Freedom
I, Toop. 275
Freedom Trainp. 276
Georgia Duskp. 279
Lunch in a Jim Crow Carp. 280
In Explanation of Our Timesp. 281
Africap. 284
Democracyp. 285