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Langston Hughes: American Poet by Alice…

Langston Hughes: American Poet

by Alice Walker

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This book is great to learn more about Langston Hughes. I read a lot of his poems in high school but never really new about him. In the book, he travels to Africa because he wanted to learn about his culture and where he is from. This book could be read first to kids, then you can read some of his famous poems. I loved how they put his poems in the book. This allowed me to really connect to what went on in the story. ( )
  RikkiPerkins | Jan 31, 2018 |
A young man is living with his mother in Indiana, but is soon moving to Mexico where his farther is. When arriving the mother soon decides to leave after she discovers there are earthquakes in Mexico and she is deathly afraid. Langston Hughes life is a struggle when they return home. His mother is not very wealthy and struggles to make ends meet. Langston Hughes discovers how difficult it is for "colored" people to get jobs in America. This is a big reason his farther wanted to live in Mexico because of the job opportunities that were offered to the colored people. This book was very inspirational. In the book it talks about how Langston Hughes escapes his reality by reading poetry and writing. Throughout the story it told us all about his life and how it all unfolded. In the end Langston Hughes wanted to make a difference so he wrote a quick poem he had came up with and slipped it to a famous poet at dinner. After Langston Hughes poetry was then published and he was able to express himself by doing what he loves the most. ( )
  HalieL | Jan 24, 2018 |
In this biography about Langston Hughes, Alice Walker of The Color Purple fame describes Langston's life from childhood through his gaining of success as a poet living in Harlem. Unfortunately there are no bibliography entries for this book, however in the author's note Alice Walker mentions having a personal relationship with Mr. Hughes. Although I feel she took some poetic license when adding in dialogue and things of that nature, I do feel that Ms. Walker tried very hard to stay true to her perceptions of Langston Hughes. As an educator, I also appreciated that Alice Walker included two poems by Langston Hughes. These help to give the reader extra insight into Langston Hughes that even Alice Walker could not fully convey. With this book, students would be able to get a very full picture of the life of one of America's greatest poets from the Harlem Renaissance. ( )
  dsniezak | Feb 7, 2016 |
As someone who has read very little of Langston Hughes works, I was curious to know more about his life. This book goes into his childhood and his relationship with his father and his views on African American people. It also goes into Hughes' search for his place in the world. He travels to Africa because he wanted to be around Africans and learn more about his culture and where he is from. He was a champion for African Americans unlike his father who specifically did not like poor African Americans. I think the theme of the book is look beyond race, gender, class, etc. There are good people from every walks of life. How much money you have or the color skin does not define you or make you less than other people. This book could be used in an English class as an introduction to his poems. It could also be used for a history class to discuss the treatment of African Americans during that time as well as women and poor people. I think it would be an interesting topic of discussion to talk about Hughes' father's opinions on poor African Americans. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and liked that it included two of his poems. ( )
  L.Fleming | Jan 21, 2016 |
This Langston Hughes biography by Alice Walker has a heavy emphasis on discrimination, racism, and segregation. There is also quite a bit of background information provided about Langston's parents, which is helpful. I thought the font was difficult to read, and the books really read like an encyclopedia entry - very factually based. It covered a lot of subject matter on the surface, but never fully explored any of the rich themes, in my opinion. The book does provide a nice overview of Langston's world travels and hints at how this impacted his writing. This could help children explore multicultural viewpoints. Warning - there is vulgar language in this book. ( )
  zsvandyk | Mar 15, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060798890, Paperback)

When Langston Hughes was a boy, His grandmother told him true stories of how African people were captured in Africa and brought to America enslaved. She told him about their fight for freedom and justice.

Langston loved his grandmother's stories. To learn more stories and bear more beautiful language, he began to read books. He fell in love with books and decided that one day he would write stories too, true stories about Black people.

When he was only fourteen, Langston wrote his first poem, and for the rest of his life he was always writing -- stories and essays and, most of all, poems. He wrote about Black people as he saw them: happy, sad, mad, and beautiful. Through his writing he fought for freedom from inequality and injustice; and his gift of words inspired and influenced many other writers.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker was one writer Langston influenced. In this moving and richly detailed portrait she celebrates the life of an extraordinary man. Accompanied by stunning paintings by artist Catherine Deeter, Langston Hughes: American Poet will introduce a whole new generation to the life and works of a great African American Poet of the twentieth century, and one of the most important poets of all time.

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An illustrated biography of the Harlem poet whose works gave voice to the joy and pain of the black experience in America.

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