By James De Jongh, Steven C. Tracy

Langston Hughes has been an proposal to generations of readers and writers looking a passionate, clever, and socially liable paintings. during this quantity, Steven C. Tracy has accrued a extensive diversity of critics to provide an interdisciplinary method of the $64000 old and cultural components mirrored within the number of genres during which Hughes labored. during the lenses of artistic writers, musicians, social activists and critics, this assortment explores the ways in which Hughes remodeled American literature and society. Rooting his aesthetic within the artwork and values of Black people, Hughes mediated the conflicting creative calls for of either the literati and the hundreds, demonstrating the social and religious energy of paintings. members to this quantity position Hughes within the context of Harlem, his most popular geographical and non secular domestic base, in addition to the bigger political, social, musical, and creative milieu of his swiftly altering occasions. Their essays study Hughes's negotiation of his personal ethical and moral flooring in a fancy, occasionally opposed international, and show the notable triumph of a delicate, artistic man or woman who refused to be beaten through the forces of discrimination, pessimism, and bitterness that claimed such a lot of writers of his iteration. An basically very deepest person, Hughes still rejected trouble, obscurity, and the ivory tower with a view to generate a truly public lifestyles and paintings. This quantity, with its historic essays, short biography, and illustrated chronology, offers a concise but authoritative portrait of 1 of America's and the world's such a lot cherished writers.

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