Great American Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 6

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Langston Hughes

BORN: February 1, 1902, Joplin, Missouri

DIED; May 22, 1967, New York, New York

IDENTIFICATION: Mid-twentieth-century African American poet
known for expressing and illuminating the black cultural experience.

While Langston Hughes was the first African American writer to achieve national prominence and a figure of such stature that in the black community his influence and ideas were inescapable, Hughes saw himself in the tradition of Walt Whitman—as a poet of the entire American nation. He felt that his particular personal experiences with the legacy of racism could be merged with a love for American ideals to produce poems that spoke to and for the aspirations and ambitions of every citizen of the country. Drawing on a thorough knowledge of the 'Western poetic tradition and a deep (feeling for the language and rhythms of black culture, Hughes's poetry remains vital and contemporary.

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  • Zora Neale Hurston 745
  • John Irving 763
  • Robinson Jeffers 783
  • John Knowles 803
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