The Weary Blues: The Life And Life Of Langston Hughes

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James Mercer Langston Hughes, widely known as Langston Hughes was born February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri, though he grew up mainly in Lawrence, Kansas. Langston Hughes was raised primarily by his grandmother until she died in his early teens. Hughes then went to live with his mother and they moved to several different cities before they eventually came to settle down in Cleveland, Ohio. He expressed loneliness he experienced as a child due to parental neglect and he often mentioned that his loneliness is what drove his love of books. Hughes graduated high school in 1920 and wrote the poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”. The poem was published in ‘The Crisis’ in 1921, it was highly revered and brought him an abundance of attention. Hughes spent the next year in Mexico with his father. His father wanted him to become a mining engineer but he didnt want to pursue that…show more content…
Back in New York City after his time spent in Europe, he explored Harlem and formed a permanent attachment to what he called the “great dark city”. Hughes rather quickly became a part of Harlem’s cultural movement. In 1925, Hughes’s poem “The Weary Blues” won first prize in the Opportunity magazine literary competition and Hughes also received a scholarship and went on to attend the historically black college Lincoln University, in Pennsylvania. While studying at Lincoln, Hughes’ poetry was compelling enough to draw attention of writer and critic Carl Van Vechten, who used his connections to help get Hughes’ first book of poetry, The Weary Blues published by Knopf in 1926. The book had popular appeal and set the tone of Hughes’ poetic style and his commitment and passion for black themes and heritage. Langston Hughes was among the first to use jazz rhythms and dialect to depict the life of urban blacks in his

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