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The Return of Simple

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Jesse B. Simple, Simple to his fans, made weekly appearances beginning in 1943 in Langston Hughes' column in the Chicago Defender. Simple may have shared his readers feelings of loss and dispossession, but he also cheered them on with his wonderful wit and passion for life.
ebook, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Hill and Wang (first published 1994)
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These very short stories are surprisingly relatable in so many ways today, both in the ways they are human and in the ways our society has failed to progress, particularly in areas concerning race (poverty, police, etc). Langston Hughes simultaneously represents the underdog, the voice of reason, societal norms/tradition, and he does so with such humor and style, in his beautiful economic eloquence, you'll mourn his absence once again.
Apr 11, 2007 Serenity rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
It's Langston Hughes!

Also, the editor is wonderful. I love Dr. Donna Akiba Sullivan Harper =). She's my Mama Kiba!

I actually helped her go through her edits of her book because I had nothing else better to do in the afternoon at school. It was a wonderful learning experience and I appreciate Dr. Harper sharing this experience with me.

Aug 02, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really love the wit and wisdom expressed by Jesse B. Semple in these short pieces (originally newspaper columns). He comments on topics including the good and the bad side of racial integration, discrimination, and growing up in the American South. Enlightening and very amusing at the same time.
Dec 31, 2009 Traci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You need humor, an open mind, and really just get ready to laugh....Langston is an awesome writer. The Return of Simple is a sequel. Understanding the Harlem Renaissance era would help you to better understand the book.
Feb 11, 2010 Broadsnark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish more people would take the time to get out of the theoretical language and bring ideas down to an everyday level. We need an anarchists version of conversations with simple.
Apr 15, 2012 Jacqueline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many of these stories were written over sixty years ago, but you wouldn't know it which is the genius of this book.
Jan 19, 2008 Age rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It just doesn't get any better than Simple!
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Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry. Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "Harlem was in vogue."
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