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  • 1. Langston Hughes
    February 1, 1902- May 22, 1967
  • 2. Early Life
    Born in Joplin, MO
    Parents divorced and father went to Mexico
    Raised by grandmother in Lawrence, Kansas until age 13
    Moved to Illinois with mother and stepfather
    All moved to Ohio, where he finished high school
    Began his writing while in Lincoln, Illinois
  • 3. Graduation/College
    He went to Mexico for a year
    Studied at Columbia University for a year
    Held many jobs including: cook, busboy, launderer, and a seaman allowing him to travel to Africa and Europe
  • 4. Relationships
    In Mexico, he hoped to receive approval from his father and money to attend college.
    His father supported him financially as long as he studied engineering.
    His father disapproved of him becoming a writer.
    Hughes left Columbia University and his father to pursue writing.
  • 5. First Writings…
    Hughes moved to Washington D.C.
    His first book of poetry, The Weary Blues, was published in 1926
    Finished school at Lincoln University
    First novel, Not without Laughter, was released in 1930
    Novel won the Harmon gold medal for literature
  • 6. Influences
    Paul Lawrence Dunbar
    Carl Sandburg
    Walt Whitman
    Jazz music
  • 7. Goal/Accomplishments
    To write stories that combined: suffering, love, art, music, and actual culture
    Works had a huge influence on the Harlem Renaissance
    Poetry
    11 plays
    Autobiography
    Edited anthologies
  • 8. Death
    Died from complications of prostate cancer, May 22, 1967
    Home in Harlem, New York was given a landmark status
    Street he lived on has been renamed “Langston Hughes Place”
  • 9. Fun Facts
    Langston Hughes was one of the first black authors to support himself from his writings.
    Had a reputation of being a communist but testified he was not.
    He never married.
    In grade school, he was voted as “class poet”.

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