Noted Authors

August 08, 1999

Langston Hughes


Born in Joplin, MO., Hughes played an important part of the Harlem Renaissance which was thriving in New York in the 1920s and '30s.

Hughes said of his poems: they are "to be read aloud, crooned, shouted and sung. None with a faraway voice."

Many black academics opposed his depiction of blacks. He defied them further by publishing "The Ways of White Folks."

He worked as the Madrid correspondent for the Baltimore Afro-American during the Spanish Civil War.

-- A Reader's Guide to Twentieth Century Writers

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