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

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

Arnold Rampersad / Apr 04, 2020

The Life of Langston Hughes Volume I I Too Sing America February marks the th 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

  • Title: The Life of Langston Hughes: Volume I: 1902-1941, I, Too, Sing America
  • Author: Arnold Rampersad
  • ISBN: 9780195146424
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 SovietFebruary 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.

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    1. Clearly the definitive biography of Hughes, it also stands as an adequate overview of his intersections with other African American literati in the first four decades of the twentieth century. It follows Hughes's earlier years of experimentation with poetical form as blues and jazz in rhythm and rhyme through his politicization in the 1930s, a time when Hughes felt he was too anodyne and wasn't saying enough about the plight of the African American in US society. He dabbled with socialism and co [...]


    2. I learned that research can be used as a blessing and a way of connecting readers to life sustaining knowledge. Thank you Professor Rampersad for writing this book! Now I know what a great American Langston Hughes was and the amount of influence he had over other writers such as Alice Walker, Ralph Ellison, and Arna Botemps. Hughes was a world traveler and radical activist in addition to being a innovative writer of poems, plays, and fiction. I cannot wait to read Volume II.


    3. Amazing. Deeply reported and well written. Magisterial. I hope to be writing more about Hughes and this book soon, and if so I will post the link here.


    4. When we study literature, we are exposed to the Harlem Renaissance. We read the stories, the novels and the poems, linger over them, realize the bigotry around them and feel sorry for the insight. Then, we forget everything, and all the richness of their world is lost to TS Eliot and British Literature or the mysteries of Faulkner and American Modern Literature. This is true, especially is we are not African American. "Yes, it's good, but I have to move on to something else." However, if you are [...]


    5. This is the third Rampersad biography that I have read and I am a fan of his careful style as a biographer, though the psychoanalysis did take some getting used to in the beginning. I love biographies that show the joys, rewards and struggles of the life of the mind for intellectuals and writers. Makes me keenly aware of what I love about reading and writing, but also of the gifts that I do not have.


    6. Hughes' version of his life, though perhaps less linear and not quite as factual as Rampersad's, is infinitely more interesting. There's also a clear homophobic streak in this book that's beyond troubling.


    7. This is the first time Hughes' private papers have been open for review, so this book is an exhaustive, meticulously detailed account of Hughes' life. May be perfect for scholars, but not the average reader. Could have used more synthesis and analysis.


    8. This is one of the best biographies that I ever read. I learned about the life of Langston Hughes . This book is very well written. I strongly recommend this book.




    9. This is a fine literary biography for serious students of Hughes's work and life. You will not be dissatisfied; it is thoroughly researched and well-written.



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