Individual Author Record
Name:Pen Name: Langston Hughes Genre: C:ADULT Poetry Born: February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri Sites:
Illinois ConnectionHughes moved to Lincoln, Illinois when he was 13 years old. While he lived in Lincoln for only one year, it is here that he wrote his first verse and was named class poet of his eighth grade class. In the 1942, he wrote a highly successful column in the ''Chicago Defender'' for which he created a comic character named Jesse B. Semple, a black everyman that Hughes used to further explore urban, working-class black themes, and to address racial issues. This column ran fot 20 years. In 1949, he became the poet in residence for the Laboratory School at the University of Chicago.
Biographical and Professional InformationHughes was a poet, novelist, short story writer, playwright, song lyricist, radio writer, translator, lecturer, author of childrens books, columnist and social activist. He was a prolific writer who is well known for introducing jazz poetry style.
*''African American History: Four Centuries of Black Life", Scholastic Trade, 1990 *''Best of Simple", Ams Pr Inc, 2000 *''Carol of the Brown King: Nativity Poems", Atheneum, 1998 *''Fight for Freedom and Other Writings on Civil Rights (Collected Works of Langston Hughes, Vol. 10)", University of Missouri Press, 2001 *''First Book Of Jazz", Ecco, 1997 *''Hughes: Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)", Everyman's Library, 1999 *''I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey", Hill and Wang, 1993 *''Let America Be America Again: And Other Poems", Vintage, 2004 *''Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life in Three Acts", Harper Perennial, 1991 *''Not So Simple: The "Simple" Stories", University of Missouri Press, 1996 *''Pictorial History Of African Americans, A: Newly Updated Edition", Crown, 1995 *''Selected Poems of Langston Hughes", Vintage, 1990 *''Short Stories", Tandem Library, 1999 *''Simple Stakes a Claim", Henry Holt & Co, 1957 *''Simple Takes a Wife", Simon & Schuster, 1953 *''Simple's Uncle Sam: With a New Introduction by Akiba Sullivan Harper" , Hill and Wang, 2000 *''Simply Heavenly", Dramatist's Play Service, 1998 *''The Big Sea: An Autobiography", Hill and Wang, 1993 *''The Block", Metropolitan Museum/Viking, 1995 *''The Book of Negro Folklore", Dodd Mead, 1983 *''The Book of Rhythms", Oxford University Press, 2000 *''The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes", Vintage, 1995 *''The Dream Keeper and Other Poems", Knopf Books, 1996 *''The Novels: Not Without Laughter and Tambourines to Glory (Collected Works of Langston Hughes, Vol. 4)", University of Missouri Press, 2001 *''The Poems: 1951-1967 (Collected Works of Langston Hughes, Vol. 3)", University of Missouri Press, 2001 *''The Return of Simple", Hill & Wang, 1995 *''The Sweet and Sour Animal Book", Oxford University Press, 1997 *''The Ways of White Folks: Stories", Vintage, 1990 *''Vintage Hughes", Vintage, 2004 *"That is My Dream!", Schwartz and Wade, 2017