Langston Hughes

W. Jason Miller

Langston Hughes

W. Jason Miller

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224 pages | 35 halftones | 5 x 7 3/4
Paper $19.00 ISBN: 9781789141955 Will Publish January 2020 For sale in North and South America only
As the first black author in America to make his living exclusively by writing, Langston Hughes inspired a generation of writers and activists. One of the pioneers of jazz poetry, Hughes led the Harlem Renaissance, while Martin Luther King, Jr., invoked Hughes’s signature metaphor of dreaming in his speeches. In this new biography, W. Jason Miller illuminates Hughes’s status as an international literary figure through a compelling look at the relationship between his extraordinary life and his canonical works. Drawing on unpublished letters and manuscripts, Miller addresses Hughes’s often ignored contributions to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, as well as his complex and well-guarded sexuality, and repositions him as a writer rather than merely the most beloved African American poet of the twentieth century.
Contents
Prologue 1 Motherless Child, 1901–19 2 I, Too, am America, 1919–24 3 A Bone of Contention, 1924–30 4 In the USSR, 1930–33 5 Let America Be America Again, 1933–40 6 Aimee B. Simple, 1940–45 7 F. B. Eyes, 1945–50 8 Montage of a Dream Deferred, 1950–53 9 Seeing Red, 1953–60 10 Bright Tomorrows, 1960–62 11 I Dream a World, 1962–7 Epilogue References Further Reading Acknowledgements Photo Acknowledgements
Review Quotes
Christopher C. De Santis, Illinois State University, editor of "Langston Hughes: A Documentary Volume" and "Fight for Freedom and Other Writings on Civil Rights"
“Fifty-two years after his death, the defiance and challenge that Langston Hughes evoked on the page during his long career still retain a sense of immediacy for contemporary audiences. In this book Miller offers valuable new insights into the life of Langston Hughes and compelling readings of selected stories and poems that will be indispensable to students, teachers, as well as new readers of Hughes’s prolific body of work.”
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