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Published on February 4, 2008

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Langston Hughes:  Langston Hughes And the Harlem Renaissance Langston Hughes:  Langston Hughes Most popular and versatile writer of the Harlem Renaissance Wanted to capture the traditions of Black culture in written form 1902-1967 Early Life:  Early Life Raised by grandmother in family with long abolitionist tradition Mother—sympathetic to writing Father—businessman First published in anthologies Among First Poems Published:  Among First Poems Published “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” Published in The Crisis, the publication of the NAACP in 1921 Reading his own work:  Reading his own work www.poets.org/viewmedia.php Web search result The Academy of American Poets Listening Booth “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”:  “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” I've known rivers: I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers. “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” :  “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young. I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep. I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it. I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln went down to New Orleans, and I've seen its muddy bosom turn all golden in the sunset. “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”:  “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” I've known rivers: Ancient, dusky rivers. My soul has grown deep like the rivers. “Mother to Son”:  “Mother to Son” Writing Career 1920s:  Writing Career 1920s Early works were poetry and essays Left Columbia U. & traveled the world in the early 1920s Returned to college Accepted help from a patron Visited the South Career and Interests 1930s & 40s:  Career and Interests 1930s & 40s Drawn to American Communist Party Visited Soviet Union Reported in Spanish Civil War Created prose monologues on race Later Years:  Later Years First Book of Negroes 1952 The First Book of Jazz 1955 On FBI Security List until 1959 Traveled internationally –1960s (Stamp issued 2-1-02 centennial) Langston Hughes:  Langston Hughes Popular Versatile Harlem Renaissance

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