Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

by Harold Bloom (Editor)


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Poet, playwright, novelist, and public figure, Langston Hughes is regarded as a cultural hero and one of the foremost writers of the Harlem Renaissance. A prolific author, Hughes focused his writing on discrimination in and disillusionment with American society. His most noted works include the novel Not Without Laughter, many great poems, such as "The Negro Speaks of Rivers"; and the autobiography The Big Sea, to name just a few. Langston Hughes, New Edition features compelling critical essays that offer a well-rounded portrait of this great American writer. A literary culture that includes the fiction of Ellison and Hurston, the moral essays of Baldwin, and the extraordinary recent poetry of Jay Wright is clearly of international stature. Langston Hughes may be the most poignant and representative figure of that culture...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791096123
Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date: 09/28/2007
Series: Modern Critical Views Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

One of our most popular, respected, and controversial literary critics, Yale University professor Harold Bloom's books -- about, variously, Shakespeare, the Bible, and the classic literature -- are as erudite as they are accessible.


New York, New York and New Haven, Connecticut

Date of Birth:

July 11, 1930

Date of Death:

October 14, 2019

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A., Cornell University, 1951; Ph.D., Yale University, 1955

Table of Contents

Editor's Note     vii
Introduction   Harold Bloom     1
Langston Hughes's Fine Clothes to the Jew   Arnold Rampersad     5
Intracaste Prejudice in Langston Hughes's Mulatto   Germain J. Bienvenu     23
Do Right to Write Right: Langston Hughes's Aesthetics of Simplicity   Karen Jackson Ford     41
Rejuvenation through Joy: Langston Hughes, Primitivism, and Jazz   David Chinitz     61
From Protest to Soul Fest: Langston Hughes' Gospel Plays   Joseph McLaren     79
Patronage and the Writing of Langston Hughes's Not Without Laughter: A Paradoxical Case   H. Nigel Thomas     95
Jazzing It Up: The Be-Bop Modernism of Langston Hughes   Robert O'Brien Hokanson     113
Jazz, Realism, and the Modernist Lyric: The Poetry of Langston Hughes   Anita Patterson     135
The Dream Keeper: Langston Hughes's Poetry, Fiction, and Non-Biographical Books for Children and Young Adults   Steven Tracy     165
Roots, Routes, and Langston Hughes's Hybrid Sense of Place   William Hogan     183
Advanced, Repressed, and Popular: Langston Hughes During the Cold War   Jonathan Scott     203
Chronology     227
Contributors     229
Bibliography     231
Acknowledgements     233
Index     235

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