Langston Hughes


Born
in Joplin, Missouri, The United States
February 01, 1902

Died
May 22, 1967

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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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Selected Poems

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The Ways of White Folks

4.43 avg rating — 3,939 ratings — published 1934 — 14 editions
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Not Without Laughter

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I, Too, Am America

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The Big Sea

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The Best of Simple

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The Dream Keeper and Other ...

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4.34 avg rating — 1,065 ratings — published 1932 — 17 editions
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My People

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I Wonder as I Wander: An Au...

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“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”
Langston Hughes

“Life is for the living.
Death is for the dead.
Let life be like music.
And death a note unsaid.”
Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems

“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.”
Langston Hughes

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