His parents divorced when he was a young child, and his father moved to Mexico. He was raised by his grandmother until he was thirteen, when he moved to Lincoln, Illinois, to live with his mother and her husband, before the family eventually settled in Cleveland, Ohio. It was in Lincoln that Hughes began writing poetry.
His parents separated soon after his birth, and he was raised by his mother and grandmother. Back in New York City from seafaring and sojourning in Europe, he met in the writers Arna Bontemps and Carl Van Vechtenwith whom he would have lifelong influential friendships.
Hughes won an Opportunity magazine poetry prize in Knopfwho accepted the collection that Knopf would publish as The Weary Blues in Hughes received a scholarship to, and began attending, Lincoln University in Pennsylvania in early Jaffe Rare Books, Haverford, PA We younger Negro artists who create now intend to express our individual dark-skinned selves without fear or shame.
If white people are pleased we are glad. We know we are beautiful. The tom-tom cries and the tom-tom laughs. If colored people are pleased we are glad. By the time Hughes received his degree inhe had helped launch the influential magazine Fire!!
In the s he turned his poetry more forcefully toward racial justice and political radicalism.
He traveled in the American South in and decried the Scottsboro case ; he then traveled widely in the Soviet UnionHaiti, Japanand elsewhere and served as a newspaper correspondent during the Spanish Civil War. He published a collection of short stories, The Ways of White Folksand became deeply involved in theatre.
His play Mulatto, adapted from one of his short stories, premiered on Broadway inand productions of several other plays followed in the late s. He also founded theatre companies in Harlem and Los Angeles In Hughes published The Big Sea, his autobiography up to age He continued to write numerous works for the stage, including the lyrics for Street Scene, an opera with music by Kurt Weill that premiered in It was an international success, and performances of the work—often diverging substantially from the original—became a Christmas tradition in many black churches and cultural centres.
He also wrote poetry until his death; The Panther and the Lash, published posthumously inreflected and engaged with the Black Power movement and, specifically, the Black Panther Partywhich was founded the previous year. He was also widely known for his comic character Jesse B. Some of his political exchanges were collected as Letters from Langston:Langston Hughes Biography - Born in Joplin, Missouri, James Langston Hughes was the great-great-grandson of Charles Henry Langston (brother of John.
Langston Hughes was first recognized as an important literary figure during the s, a period known as the "Harlem Renaissance" because of the number of emerging black writers.
James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, - May 22, ) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art . Langston Hughes, in full James Mercer Langston Hughes, (born February 1, ?, Joplin, Missouri, U.S.—died May 22, , New York, New York), American writer who was an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance and made the African American experience the subject of his writings, which ranged from poetry and plays to novels and newspaper.
Langston Hughes - Poet - A poet, novelist, fiction writer, and playwright, Langston Hughes is known for his insightful, colorful portrayals of black life in America from the twenties through the sixties and was important in shaping the artistic contributions of .
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