9780679764083

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

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  • ISBN13:

    9780679764083

  • ISBN10:

    0679764089

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1995-10-31
  • Publisher: Vintage

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Summary

"The ultimate book for both the dabbler and serious scholar--. [Hughes] is sumptuous and sharp, playful and sparse, grounded in an earthy music--. This book is a glorious revelation."--Boston Globe Spanning five decades and comprising 868 poems (nearly 300 of which have never before appeared in book form), this magnificent volume is the definitive sampling of a writer who has been called the poet laureate of African America--and perhaps our greatest popular poet since Walt Whitman. Here, for the first time, are all the poems that Langston Hughes published during his lifetime, arranged in the general order in which he wrote them and annotated by Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel. Alongside such famous works as "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" and Montage of a Dream Deferred,The Collected Poemsincludes the author's lesser-known verse for children; topical poems distributed through the Associated Negro Press; and poems such as "Goodbye Christ" that were once suppressed. Lyrical and pungent, passionate and polemical, the result is a treasure of a book, the essential collection of a poet whose words have entered our common language.

Author Biography

Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, in 1902.  After graduation from high school, he spent a year in Mexico with his father, then a year studying at Columbia University.  His first poem in a nationally known magazine was "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," which appeared in Crisis in 1921.  In 1925, he was awarded the First Prize for Poetry of the magazine <b>Opportunity</b>, the winning poem being "The Weary Blues," which gave its title to his first book of poems, published in 1926.  As a result of his poetry, Mr. Hughes received a scholarship at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, where he won his B.A. in 1929.  In 1943, he was awarded an honorary Litt.D. by his alma mater; he has also been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship (1935), a Rosenwald Fellow

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 3
A Chronology of the Life of Langston Hughesp. 8
The Poems of Langston Hughes
Poems 1921-1930p. 21
Poems 1931-1940p. 133
Poems 1941-1950p. 223
Poems 1951-1960p. 377
Poems 1961-1967p. 471
Poems Circulated by the Associated Negro Pressp. 563
Poetry for Childrenp. 595
Additional Poemsp. 611
Notes to the Poemsp. 619
Index of First Linesp. 697
Index of Titlesp. 707
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Excerpts

Juke Box Love Song

I could take the Harlem night
and wrap around you,
Take the neon lights and make a crown,
Take the Lenox Avenue busses,
Taxis, subways,
And for your love song tone their rumble down.
Take Harlem's heartbeat,
Make a drumbeat,
Put it on a record, let it whirl,
And while we listen to it play,
Dance with you till day--
Dance with you, my sweet brown Harlem girl.

Excerpted from The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes
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