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The Resource Selected Letters of Langston Hughes, edited by Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel ; with Christa Fratantoro

Selected Letters of Langston Hughes, edited by Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel ; with Christa Fratantoro

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Selected Letters of Langston Hughes
Title
Selected Letters of Langston Hughes
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edited by Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel ; with Christa Fratantoro
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Language
eng
Summary
This is the first comprehensive selection from the correspondence of the iconic and beloved Langston Hughes. It offers a life in letters that showcases his many struggles as well as his memorable achievements. Arranged by decade and linked by expert commentary, the volume guides us through Hughes's journey in all its aspects: personal, political, practical, and--above all--literary. His letters range from those written to family members, notably his father (who opposed Langston's literary ambitions), and to friends, fellow artists, critics, and readers who sought him out by mail. These figures include personalities such as Carl Van Vechten, Blanche Knopf, Zora Neale Hurston, Arna Bontemps, Vachel Lindsay, Ezra Pound, Richard Wright, Kurt Weill, Carl Sandburg, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Jr., Alice Walker, Amiri Baraka, and Muhammad Ali. The letters tell the story of a determined poet precociously finding his mature voice; struggling to realize his literary goals in an environment generally hostile to blacks; reaching out bravely to the young and challenging them to aspire beyond the bonds of segregation; using his artistic prestige to serve the disenfranchised and the cause of social justice; irrepressibly laughing at the world despite its quirks and humiliations. Venturing bravely on what he called the "big sea "of life, Hughes made his way forward always aware that his only hope of self-fulfillment and a sense of personal integrity lay in diligently pursuing his literary vocation. Hughes's voice in these pages, enhanced by photographs and quotations from his poetry, allows us to know him intimately and gives us an unusually rich picture of this generous, visionary, gratifyingly good man who was also a genius of modern American letters
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Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 818/.5209
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3515.U274
LC item number
Z48 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Selected Letters of Langston Hughes, edited by Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel ; with Christa Fratantoro
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Publication
Note
  • Includes index
  • "This is a Borzoi Book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
We have tomorrow : 1921 to 1931 -- Let America be America again : 1931 to 1939 -- I do not need freedom when I'm dead : 1939 to 1949 -- The rumble of a dream deferred : 1950 to 1960 -- I heard the horn of plenty blowing : 1960 to 1967
Control code
1588262
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxx, 442 pages
Isbn
9780375413797
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014014896
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1588262
  • (Sirsi) 1588262
  • (OCoLC)878812898
Label
Selected Letters of Langston Hughes, edited by Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel ; with Christa Fratantoro
Publication
Note
  • Includes index
  • "This is a Borzoi Book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
We have tomorrow : 1921 to 1931 -- Let America be America again : 1931 to 1939 -- I do not need freedom when I'm dead : 1939 to 1949 -- The rumble of a dream deferred : 1950 to 1960 -- I heard the horn of plenty blowing : 1960 to 1967
Control code
1588262
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxx, 442 pages
Isbn
9780375413797
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014014896
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1588262
  • (Sirsi) 1588262
  • (OCoLC)878812898

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