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Langston hughes

  1. 1. LANGSTON HUGHES: LIFE-Born Feb. 1, 1902; died May 22, 1967-Known as an activist and a writer on many different levels (plays, columns,novels, poems, etc.)-Worked against stereotypes even if they worked in his advantage, inorder to behis own person-Well known as the leader of the Harlem Renaissance-He was of a mixed race heritage-Raised primarily from his grandmother Mary Langston; she had a huge impact onhis style of writing-Books helped him through his grief of losing his grandmother-Attended Columbia, but dropped out due to racial prejudices. Went on to earn adegree from Lincoln University for Bachelor of Arts.-Was drawn to Harlem because it was a center of African American Culture“I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere youwant to go, if you really want to go.”-Langston Hughes
  2. 2. -African AmericanLiterature wasbeing recognizedfast-Not just aboutwriting, but poetry,music, and aculture wasdeveloped
  3. 3. COMMON THEMES IN HIS WORKS-He had immense pride for his heritage and went to great strides to stress that“black is beautiful” and to uplift those around him through his poetry usingstruggle and humor, and showing the lives of common folk AfricanAmericans.-Used his poetry to protest against set procedures and rules set out bysegregation.-Used his pride to uplift those around him to prove to everyone that throughrecognition of their heritage that they too are beautiful.-W.E.B. DuBois and Paul Dunbar influenced his writing style by incorporatingvernacular and local dialect into his works.“The night is beautiful,So the faces of my people.The stars are beautiful,So the eyes of my peopleBeautiful, also, is the sun.Beautiful, also, are the souls of my people.”-”My people” in Crisis (Oct. 1923)
  4. 4. POPULAR WORKSN O T W I T H O U TL A U G H T E R-First novel published in 1930-Semi-autobiographical sincethe setting is similar to thetown in Kansas in which hegrew up in.-Grew up in the Midwest;wanted to portray AfricanAmericans in the Midwest,unlike his family. His familywas not the average AfricanAmerican family…T H E W A Y S O F W H I T EF O L K S-Collection of ShortStories, published in1934-Collection of 14 shortstories with referencesto Midwest-Was seen as verypessimistic andcynical towards thestruggle betweenraces
  5. 5. POPULAR POEMS“ T H E N E G R O S P E A K SO F R I V E R S-First published in The Crisisthe official magazine ofNAACP-Compares his soul toancient rivers an dhowthey are ever changing,rooted deep in the land.-Ancient rivers are found inAfrica as a way to show adeep connection is stillmaintained to AfricaD R E A M D E F E R R E D-Novel long poem thatdepicts life in Harlem-Jazz poetry is used to tiein the the feel ofHarlem.-Attempt to make poetryfollow the sameguidelines of jazz,such as unexpectedtransitions, quickchanges, and the flowof jazz
  6. 6. SIMILAR RENAISSANCE LEADERSZ O R A N E A L E H U R S T O N-Both were into showing thetrue voice of Blacks.-Both used grammar to maketheir message clear.Hurston: Black Dialect;Hughes: correct grammar-Eccentric and similar poeticdevices used-Both supported by a whitebenefactor namedCharlotte MasonC L A U D E M C K A Y-Wrote about street life inHarlem-Both looked towardcommon folk to describethe true culture behindAfrican Americans-Both dabbled in interest inCommunism for theSocialistic aspects itprovided as an alternativeto Segregated America
  7. 7. -One of fewauthors duringthe HarlemRenaissance tosurvive the endof the movement-Died ofcomplicationswith prostatecancerTOWARDS END OF LIFE
  8. 8. - Anthology ofAfrican Americanliterature: Section onLangston Hughes-