Langstone Hughes Hannah Brady

Langstone Hughes full name is James Mercer Langsrone Hughes. He was born February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. When he was young, his parents got divorced. He lived with his grandma until he was thirteen and moved to Lincoln, Illinois to live with his mom after his grandmother died. With his moms job they moved around a lot. When they moved to Cleveland, Ohio; Langstone first began to write poetry. Langstone influences were Walt Whitman, Carl Sandburg, Paul Laurence Dunbary, and Claude McKay. He graduate high school on June 16, 1920. After graduating he went to live with his dad for a year in Mexico.

Langstone Hughes in HighSchool

Before he attended Columbia University he had already launched his literary career with his poem "The Negro Speaks of River". When Langstone attended Columbia University he stayed one year and then dropped out. After a year he attended Lincoln University in 1925 on a scholarship and graduate in 1929 with a bachelors degree in the Arts. When he was at Lincoln University his poem "The Weary Blues" won first prize in the opportunity magazine literary competition. While in college his first book of poetry was published by Knopf in 1926. Also in 1927 his second volume of poetry "Fine Clothes to the Jews" was published. After graduating college he published his first novel, "Not Without Laughter". In 1940, his autobiography "The Big Sea" was published.

Langstone Writing

On May 22, 1967 Langstone died in New York from complications of prostate cancer. At his funeral, there was little spoken eulogy but it was filled with jazz and blues music. Volumes of his work continued to be published after his death. He was famous for his poems, stories, and plays. He was also a major part in the Harlem Renaissance of 1920. One of his quotes say, "Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby. For more information got to

Langstone Doing What he Loves

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