Search Results: "Langston Hughes"


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Released: Oct. 14, 1968

"The casual but forceful thrust of his poetry, a recurrent concern for the mulatto, his tremendous versatility, the uncompromising posture are affirmed in a highly sympathetic but nevertheless reliable account of his life."
"To my mind it is the duty of the younger Negro artist. . . to change through the force of his art that old whispering 'I want to be white,' hidden in the aspiration of his people, to 'Why should I want to be white? I am a Negro—and beautiful!'" That was the twenty-four-year-old Hughes writing in The Nation in 1926 and it is an early sign of an integrity that he maintained throughout his life. Read full book review >

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LANGSTON HUGHES by Alice Walker
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"No bibliography or source notes are included. (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
The text of a 1974 picture-book biography of the poet Langston Hughes is reprinted, with new illustrations. Read full book review >

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SELECTED LETTERS OF LANGSTON HUGHES by Langston Hughes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"A privileged perspective on the man and his art."
The renowned poet's life revealed in letters. Read full book review >

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Released: July 1, 2002

"A welcome reminder of the restless spirit and formidable talent that helped shape the face of African-American literature in the 20th century."
In honor of his centennial year, this 15th volume in The Collected Works of Langston Hughes reprints short fiction from three previous titles by the versatile writer, as well as uncollected stories dating back as far as his high-school days in Ohio. Read full book review >

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SHORT STORIES by Langston Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Stories that, at their best, provide a remarkable portrait of black America over several crucial decades: an important collection that can only enhance our admiration of a great American writer."
Eight of the forty-seven stories in this welcome volume of Hughes's short fiction have never before been collected, and the rest are from long out-of-print books. Read full book review >

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THE RETURN OF SIMPLE by Langston Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Quite simply, an indispensable part of our cultural heritage."
A welcome reintroduction to the pioneering African-American writer's most memorable fictional character. Read full book review >

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THE SWEET AND SOUR ANIMAL BOOK by Langston Hughes
ABC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Harlem Renaissance poet Hughes and young Harlem artists together create a fun, provocative, and visually exciting abecedary. (Poetry/Picture book. 3+)"
Published for the first time, this book of poems for children covers animals for all the letters of the alphabet (except for X, which gets a poem but no animal). Read full book review >

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LULLABY (FOR A BLACK MOTHER) by Langston Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 2013

"Share with little ones needing a gentle lullaby. (note, further reading) (Picture book/poetry. 2-6)"
An urban setting with a calming palette complements the soothing, loving tone of Hughes' poem celebrating an African-American mother and her baby. Read full book review >

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VISITING LANGSTON by Willie Perdomo
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"In this year of Langston Hughes's centennial, this work does him great honor. (Poetry. 6-10)"
A little girl is going with her daddy to visit the home of Langston Hughes. Read full book review >

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LIGE LANGSTON by Linda Hussa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"Readers of Max Brand and Louis L'Amour will thrill to this book, and students of Western folklore and literature will find much of interest here as well. (For the tale of a contemporary cowboy, see David McCumber, The Cowboy Way, p. 123)"
A rootin'-tootin' biography of a Nevada cowpoke. Read full book review >

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THAT IS MY DREAM! by Langston Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A must-read illustrated poem that breathes new life into Hughes' 'Dream Variation.' (Picture book. 5-8)"
A quietly powerful picture book that Hughes himself would have adored. Read full book review >

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SAIL AWAY by Langston Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Like Hughes, Bryan, at 91, can also boast, 'I'm still pulling.' (Picture book/poetry. 5-12)"
Hughes' pen is paired to Bryan's sculpting scissors, making a rich, poetic picture book indeed. Read full book review >