Langston Hughes was a famous American poet who was among the earliest innovators of using jazz poetry. Read more about the life of this prolific writer in the following article.
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Famous as: Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist
political ideology: Communism
Born on: 01 February 1902
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius Famous Aquarians
Born in: Joplin, Missouri, United States
Died on: 22 May 1967
place of death: New York City, New York,, United States
father: James Nathaniel Hughes
mother: Carrie (Caroline) Mercer Langston
education: Lincoln University (1926 – 1929), Columbia University (1921 – 1922)
Works & Achievements: Known for his work during Harlem Renaissance; Wrote significant books like, The Weary Blues (1926), Not Without Laughter and The Ways of White Folks.
Hughes won the Witter Bynner Undergraduate Poetry Prize.
Hughes was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship
which allowed him to travel to Spain and Russia.
Hughes was awarded a felowship from the Rosenwald Fund.
Lincoln University awarded Hughes an honorary Litt.D.
Hughes won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.
the NAACP awarded Hughes the Spingarn Medal
Howard University awarded Hughes an honorary doctorate.
Western Reserve University awarded Hughes an honorary Litt.D.
The first Langston Hughes Medal was awarded by the City College of New York.
Langston Hughes was an American poet, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was better known as the earliest innovators of new literary art form, jazz poetry. An influential writer during the period of 1920s Harlem Renaissance, the main objective of his work was to uplift the condition of his people. His poetry and fiction expressed the lives of working-class blacks in America. His works generally stressed on the racial consciousness and cultural nationalism and encouraged them to have pride in their diverse black culture. He had written novels, short stories, plays, poetry, operas, essays and works for children. He also wrote two autobiographies namely "The Big Sea" and "I Wonder as I Wander", along with translating several works of literature in English.
LANGSTON HUGHES TIMELINE
Born in Joplin, Missouri, United States.
He lived with his father in Mexico for a brief time.
Graduated from high school.
The Crisis published his first poem, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers".
He left Columbia following the racial prejudice.
Joined as a crewman aboard the S.S. Malone.
Returned to live with his mother in Washington D.C.
Became the personal assistant to the historian Carter G. Woodson at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
His first book of poetry The Weary Blues was published.
Received his B.A. degree from Lincoln University.
His first novel, “Not Without Laughter” was published.
His first collection of short stories, “The Ways of White Folks” was published.
Received a Guggenheim Fellowship; Established his theater troupe in Los Angeles.
Taught at Atlanta University.
Taught for three months at University of Chicago Laboratory Schools as a visiting lecturer.
He died due to prostrate cancer.
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