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Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes

Not Without Laughter (1930)

by Langston Hughes

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Westvaco is the West Virginia Paper Co., makers of fine papers. For 47 years, they did a special Christmas book each year that they distributed to their customers, all featuring works from American history or literature. They all include a decorated slipcover, fine endpapers and many have embossed images on the book covers. Some feature gilt edges and silk ribbon bookmarks. Although they had a limited press run the number is not stated nor are they numbered or signed.
  SteveJohnson | Mar 8, 2014 |
"When you starts hatin' people, you gets uglier than they is - an I ain't never had no time for ugliness, 'cause that's where de devil comes in - in ugliness!"

"...I knows there ain't no room in de world fo' nothin' mo'n love. I knows, chile! Ever'thing there is but lovin' leaves a rust on yo' soul. An' to love sho 'nough, you got to have a spot in yo' heart fo' ever'body - great an' small, white an' black, an' them what's good an' them what's evil - 'cause love ain't got no crowded-out places where de good ones stays an' de bad ones can't come in. When it gets that way then it ain't love." ( )
  elisa.saphier | Apr 2, 2013 |
I had no idea that Langston Hughes had written a novel. I really enjoy his poetry, so I was very excited to find this book.

It is the coming-of-age story of an Africa American boy in Kansas during the early Twentieth Century. Since I'm not African American, I don't really know what that experience is like, but this felt very genuine. It felt as if Hughes perhaps drew on his own early experiences.

This novel has a lot of heart, and there also seems to be a certain rhythm to the writing which I loved. ( )
  bookwoman247 | Feb 24, 2013 |
RGG: Poet of the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes writes a coming-of-age story about a young black boy growing up in Kansas
  rgruberexcel | Sep 3, 2012 |
interesting social study of a young black American boy, Sandy, brought up mainly by his hardworking grandmother Hager, a laundrywoman, his mother Anjee and two very different aunts, the rebel Harriett who becomes a jazz singer, and snobbish Tempy - written with a poetic, music-filled voice, ending on a note of hope. This is a very beautiful edition. ( )
  overthemoon | Apr 16, 2012 |
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Langston Hughesprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Angelou, MayaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gates Jr., Henry LouisForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0020209851, Paperback)

Langston Hughes was one of the best-known poets in modern America and his first novel, "Not Without Laughter, " is undoubtedly his finest prose. A classic of African-American literature, it is the poignant story of a young black boy's awakening to the sad and the beautiful realities of black life in a small Kansas town. Published in 1930, "Not Without Laughter" is a pioneering work of fiction, and has been in print ever since. This work is now available in trade paperback with a new introduction by bestselling author and poet Maya Anagelou and a foreword by writer Arna Bontemps.

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Depicts a Black family's attempts to deal with life in a small Kansas town.

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