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Langston Hughes Reads: Langston Hughes Reads
A Rare and Exceptional Recording of Langston Hughes Reading His Own Poetry.
"Langston Hughes belongs to whoever is listening. A possession in common, like the sights and sounds of a streetcorner hangout or the barbershop debate over pretty girls' legs and baseball players; open your ears and your heart if you've got one, Langston will walk right in and do the rest. Always p...more
Audio, Abridged, 0 pages
Published March 22nd 2000 by Caedmon
(first published 2000)
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Though it lacks substance a little, I can't imagine a better introduction to Hughes and his poetry than this recorded lecture by the author illustrated with readings of him poems. He covers his beginning as a poet, prentice work, themes to which he returned, Harlem, and other topics and themes. It lacks the substance of a biography or survey of Hughes as a writer, but this is a wonderful way to learn if you want to know more.
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."More about Langston Hughes...