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Selected Letters of Langston Hughes / edited by Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel ; with Christa Fratantoro.

Author/creator Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967 author.
Other author/creatorRampersad, Arnold, editor.
Other author/creatorRoessel, David E. (David Ernest), 1954- editor.
Format Book and Print
EditionFirst edition.
Publication Info New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Descriptionxxx, 442 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Subject(s)
Uniform titleCorrespondence. Selections
Contents We have tomorrow : 1921 to 1931 -- Let America be America again : 1931 to 1939 -- I do not need freedom when I'm dead : 1939 to 1949 -- The rumble of a dream deferred : 1950 to 1960 -- I heard the horn of plenty blowing : 1960 to 1967.
Abstract This is the first comprehensive selection from the correspondence of the iconic and beloved Langston Hughes. It offers a life in letters that showcases his many struggles as well as his memorable achievements. Arranged by decade and linked by expert commentary, the volume guides us through Hughes's journey in all its aspects: personal, political, practical, and--above all--literary. His letters range from those written to family members, notably his father (who opposed Langston's literary ambitions), and to friends, fellow artists, critics, and readers who sought him out by mail. These figures include personalities such as Carl Van Vechten, Blanche Knopf, Zora Neale Hurston, Arna Bontemps, Vachel Lindsay, Ezra Pound, Richard Wright, Kurt Weill, Carl Sandburg, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Jr., Alice Walker, Amiri Baraka, and Muhammad Ali. The letters tell the story of a determined poet precociously finding his mature voice; struggling to realize his literary goals in an environment generally hostile to blacks; reaching out bravely to the young and challenging them to aspire beyond the bonds of segregation; using his artistic prestige to serve the disenfranchised and the cause of social justice; irrepressibly laughing at the world despite its quirks and humiliations. Venturing bravely on what he called the "big sea "of life, Hughes made his way forward always aware that his only hope of self-fulfillment and a sense of personal integrity lay in diligently pursuing his literary vocation. Hughes's voice in these pages, enhanced by photographs and quotations from his poetry, allows us to know him intimately and gives us an unusually rich picture of this generous, visionary, gratifyingly good man who was also a genius of modern American letters.
General noteIncludes index.
General note"This is a Borzoi Book."
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Issued in other formOnline version: Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967. Correspondence. Selections. Selected letters of Langston Hughes. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015 9780385353564
Genre/formRecords and correspondence.
LCCN 2014014896
ISBN9780375413797 (hardcover)
ISBN0375413790 (hardcover)

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