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Langston Hughes

1 February 1902 - 22 May 1967

Langston Hughes

Writer, editor, lecturer

Langston Hughes achieved fame as a poet during the burgeoning of the arts known as the Harlem Renaissance, but those who label him "a Harlem Renaissance poet" have restricted his fame to only one genre and decade. In addition to his work as a poet, Hughes was a novelist, columnist, playwright, and essayist, and though he is most closely associated with Harlem, his world travels influenced his writing in a profound way. Langston Hughes followed the example of Paul Laurence Dunbar, one of his early poetic influences, to become the second African American to earn a living as a writer. His long and distinguished career produced volumes of diverse genres and inspired the work of countless other African American writers.
--From Gale Cengage Learning Free resources

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May 17, 2014 Edited by Alessandro Francesco Pernice Added new photo
January 7, 2014 Edited by Tom Morris merge authors
October 1, 2011 Edited by Mike Maehr added dob, dod
September 27, 2010 Edited by Laurel Bellon Merge, added bio
April 1, 2008 Created by an anonymous user initial import