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The Life of Langston Hughes : Volume I: 1902-1941, I, Too, Sing America - Arnold Rampersad

The Life of Langston Hughes

Volume I: 1902-1941, I, Too, Sing America

Paperback Published: 1st March 2002
ISBN: 9780195146424
Number Of Pages: 528

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February 1, 2002 marks the 100th birthday of Langston Hughes. To commemorate the centennial of his birth, Arnold Rampersad has contributed new Afterwords to both volumes of his highly-praised biography of this most extraordinary and prolific American writer.
In young adulthood Hughes possessed a nomadic but dedicated spirit that led him from Mexico to Africa and the Soviet Union to Japan, and countless other stops around the globe. Associating with political activists, patrons, and fellow artists, and drawing inspiration from both Walt Whitman and the vibrant Afro-American culture, Hughes soon became the most original and revered of black poets. In the first volume's Afterword, Rampersad looks back at the significant early works Hughes produced, the genres he explored, and offers a new perspective on Hughes's lasting literary influence.
Exhaustively researched in archival collections throughout the country, especially in the Langston Hughes papers at Yale University's Beinecke Library, and featuring fifty illustrations per volume, this anniversary edition will offer a new generation of readers entrance to the life and mind of one of the twentieth century's greatest artists.

"Excellent....Mr. Rampersad [leaves] you eager to see what he makes of the rest of the story, and confident that his second volume will be as good as his first."--John Gross, The New York Times "Rampersad's two-volume biography, re-released to commemorate Hughes' centennial, is the definitive account of the poet, playwright, and novelist who was the leading light of the Harlem Renaissance. New afterwords offer perspective on Hughes' literary legacy."--The Orlando Sentinel "Arnold Rampersad's biography of Langston Hughes sweeps up the reader like a novel does....Rampersad's book serves as a foundational introduction to the leading figures of the Harlem Renaissance, as well as to others in politics, literature, and the arts. Its dramatic, even painful, last chapter will lead you straight out to search for the second volume."--Topica Tip World "Excellent....Mr. Rampersad [leaves] you eager to see what he makes of the rest of the story, and confident that his second volume will be as good as his first."--John Gross, The New York Times "Throughout this comprehensive and enthralling account of Hughes's life and his development as a writer, Rampersad offers a precise assessment of his work and its importance...This may be the best biography of a black writer we have had."--David Nicholson, The Washington Post Book World "An exquisite orchestration of the fully lived life."--Michael S. Harper, The Boston Globe

A Kansas Boyhood (1902 to 1915)p. 3
Outsetting Bard (1915 to 1921)p. 23
My People (1921 to 1923)p. 50
On the Big Sea (1923 to 1924)p. 73
We Have Tomorrow (1924 to 1926)p. 99
A Lion at Lincoln (1926 to 1927)p. 125
Godmother and Langston (1927 to 1930)p. 156
Flight and Fall (1930 to 1931)p. 182
Starting Over (1931 to 1932)p. 211
Good Morning, Revolution (1932 to 1933)p. 242
Waiting on Roosevelt (1933 to 1935)p. 276
Still Waiting on Roosevelt (1935 to 1937)p. 306
Earthquake Weather (1937 to 1939)p. 341
The Fall of a Titan (1939 to 1941)p. 373
Afterwordp. 396
Abbreviationsp. 406
Notesp. 407
Acknowledgmentsp. 449
Indexp. 455
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ISBN: 9780195146424
ISBN-10: 0195146425
Series: The Life of Langston Hughes : Book 1
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 1st March 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised