The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

Book - 1995
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"The ultimate book for both the dabbler and serious scholar--. [Hughes] is sumptuous and sharp, playful and sparse, grounded in an earthy music--. This book is a glorious revelation."--Boston Globe

Spanning five decades and comprising 868 poems (nearly 300 of which have never before appeared in book form), this magnificent volume is the definitive sampling of a writer who has been called the poet laureate of African America--and perhaps our greatest popular poet since Walt Whitman.nbsp;nbsp;Here, for the first time, are all the poems that Langston Hughes published during his lifetime, arranged in the general order in which he wrote them and annotated by Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel.

Alongside such famous works as "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" and Montage of a Dream Deferred, The Collected Poems includes the author's lesser-known verse for children; topical poems distributed through the Associated Negro Press; and poems such as "Goodbye Christ" that were once suppressed.nbsp;nbsp;Lyrical and pungent, passionate and polemical, the result is a treasure of a book, the essential collection of a poet whose words have entered our common language.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1995, c1994.
Edition: First Vintage classics edition
ISBN: 9780679764083
0679764089
Branch Call Number: 811.52 HUGHES L
Characteristics: 717 pages ; 24 cm.

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rpavlacic
Jul 14, 2015

If you think all of Langston Hughes' poems were serious and / or politically motivated (most of them were), there are quite a few in this book that will crack you up - some fun for fun's sake, others that pushed the limit for its time. Certainly one of the most important poets of the 20th century, whose work left a print that is still noticeable to this day.

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tinybookworm
Mar 28, 2010

one of my favourite poets!! it's wonderful to have his work all in one place to enjoy.

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