James Mercer Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1901 in Joplin, Missouri. American author Langston Hughes, a moving spirit in the 1920s art movement, often called the Harlem Renaissance, expressed the mind and spirit of most African Americans for nearly half a century. In high school, Hughes learned about the works of the poet Carl Sandburg (1878-1896), another poet from the Midwest. Also at this time, Hughes himself began writing poetry and developing his unique style.
He began to send his work to magazines, but all of them were rejected. Later, in 1924, Hughes went to live with his mother in Washington, D.C. He expected to earn enough money to go back to college, but working as a hotel waiter paid very little, and life in the nation's capital, where racial tensions were fierce, made him unhappy. But he was able to write a lot of poems.
The Weary Blues won first prize in 1925 in a literary contest sponsored by Opportunity, a magazine published by the National Urban League. That summer, one of his essays and another poem won prizes in the Crisis literary contest. Meanwhile, Hughes had caught the attention of Carl Van Vechten, a novelist and critic, who organized the publication of Hughes' first volume of poetry, The Weary Blues (19). Langston Hughes was a singular voice in American poetry, writing with vivid images and jazz-influenced rhythms about everyday black.
Experience in the United States. Although best known for his modern, free-form poetry, with a superficial simplicity that masked deeper symbolism, Hughes also worked in fiction, theater and film. While Hughes reportedly had several affairs with women during his lifetime, he never married or had children. Theories abound about his sexual orientation; many believe that Hughes, known for his strong affection for the black men in his life, planted clues about his homosexuality throughout his poems (something that Walt Whitman, one of his key influences, knew how to do in his own work).
However, there is no open evidence to support this, and some argue that Hughes was, if anything, asexual and disinterested in sex. Langston set a tone, a standard of brotherhood, friendship and cooperation, that all of us must follow. Ten years later, in 1869, the widow Mary Patterson Leary remarried, an elite and politically active member of the Langston family. Through African-American oral tradition and based on the activist experiences of her generation, Mary Langston instilled in her grandson a lasting sense of racial pride.
The Pittsburgh Courier published a great headline at the top of the page, LANGSTON HUGHES BOOK OF POEMS, TRASH. Langston Hughes was a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance, the flourishing of black intellectual, literary and artistic life that took place in the 1920s in several American cities, particularly in Harlem. The Beinecke Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts at Yale University contains the Langston Hughes documents (1862-1980) and the Langston Hughes Collection (1924-196), which contain letters, manuscripts, personal items, photographs, clippings, works of art and objects that document Hughes's life. They had two children; the second was Langston Hughes, according to most sources, born in 1901 in Joplin, Missouri (although Hughes himself states in his autobiography that he was born in 190).
After the death of Mary Langston, Hughes moved to Lincoln, Illinois, to live with her mother and her new husband. The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, edited by Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel, appeared in 1994.Although Hughes had previously published a children's book in 1932 (Popo and Fifina), in the 1950s he began publishing specific books for children regularly, including his First Book series, which was designed to inculcate a sense of pride and respect for the cultural achievements of African Americans in their youth. After his marriage, Charles Langston moved with his family to Kansas, where he actively worked as an educator and activist for the vote and rights of African Americans. When he was born in Joplin, Missouri, on February 1, 1902, James Mercer Langston Hughes didn't live in Missouri for long.
James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1901 — May 22, 1962) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. In 1931, Prentiss Taylor and Langston Hughes created Golden Stair Press, which published portfolios and books with works of art by Prentiss Taylor and texts by Langston Hughes. . .