Langston Hughes

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A Voice for the Common People Langston Hughes was a prolific writer who's works were at the core of every black persons hart he was a very accomplished writer who published a variety of publication that ranged from books to kids books. Langston Hughes was a gentle and mild-mannered soul who spent much of his life at the center of controversy, a gregarious spirit who was also zealously private, a writer of social principals and solidarity that was fundamentally alone. Langston Hughes devoted his art to the true expression of the lives, hopes, fears, and angers of ordinary black people, without self-consciousness or sugarcoating. Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1092, in Joplin Missouri. His parents were divorced when he was a small child. Hughes lived with his grand mother until he was 12 years old at this point he moved to Lincoln Illinois were he lived with his mother and step father.

Hughes first started to write poetry during this time(www. shadow poetry. COM). After Hughes graduated from high school he moved to Mexico for a year and then did some traveling when Hughes returned in 1929 he moved to New York where he published his first book of poetry that was titled The Weary Blues. The book illustrated life for lower black Americans. The publishing of The Weary Blues established Hughes as a major force in the Jazz age. Also 1929 saw a Langston Hughes go to collage at the Predominantly black Lincoln University from, which he graduated in 1930. About this time Hughes was working on most of his essays and screen plays. Hughes published a series of short stories called The Ways of White Folks, which bought about Masses of mixed reviews. Langston Hughes's Montage of a Dream Deferred, was a poem about...