Classics edition with new introduction by Kayo Chingonyi of the essential poems of 'the poet laureate of black America' - New Yorker.
With a new introduction by the multi-prizewinning young poet Kayo Chingonyi.
For over forty years, until his death in 1967, Langston Hughes captured in his poetry the lives of black people in the USA. This edition is Hughes's own selection of his work, and was first published in 1959. It includes all of his best known poems including 'The Negro Speaks of Rivers', 'The Weary Blues', 'Song for Billie Holiday', 'Black Maria', 'Magnolia Flowers', 'Lunch in a Jim Crow Car' and 'Montage of a Dream Deferred'.
A key figure in the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes is now seen as one of the great chroniclers of black American experience - and one of the great artists of the twentieth century.
Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, in 1902. After graduation from high school, he spent a year in Mexico with his father, then moved to New York City, where he studied for a year at Columbia and made his career. His first published poem in a nationally known magazine was 'The Negro Speaks of Rivers', which appeared in Crisis in 1921. He became a leading light in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s. In 1925, Hughes was awarded the First Prize for Poetry by Opportunity, for his poem 'The Weary Blues' which gave its title to his first collection of poems, published in 1926. He wrote poetry, short stories, song lyrics, essays, humour and plays and an autobiography, The Big Sea.
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