Friday, February 18, 2011

Langston Hughes- - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More

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    • February 1, 1902
    • Missouri
    • parents divorced when he was a small child
    • raised by his grandmother until he was thirteen
    • travelled to Africa and Europe working as a seaman
    • known for his insightful, colorful portrayals of black life in America from the twenties through the sixties
    • known for his engagement with the world of jazz and the influence it had on his writing
    • enormously important in shaping the artistic contributions of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s
    • Hughes refused to differentiate between his personal experience and the common experience of black America
    • wanted to tell the stories of his people in ways that reflected their actual culture, including both their suffering and their love of music, laughter, and language itself
    • died of complications from prostate cancer in May 22, 1967, in New York

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