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The Best of Simple: Stories (American Century) (edition 1990)

by Langston Hughes (Author)

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Langston Hughes's stories about Jesse B. Semple--first composed for a weekly column in the Chicago Defender and then collected in Simple Speaks His Mind, Simple Takes a Wife, and Simple Stakes a Claim--have been read and loved by hundreds of thousands of readers. In The Best of Simple, the author picked his favorites from these earlier volumes, stories that not only have proved popular but are now part of a great and growing literary tradition. Simple might be considered an Everyman for black Americans. Hughes himself wrote: " ... these tales are about a great many people--although they are stories about no specific persons as such. But it is impossible to live in Harlem and not know at least a hundred Simples, fifty Joyces, twenty-five Zaritas, and several Cousin Minnies--or reasonable facsimiles thereof." As Arnold Rampersad has written, Simple is "one of the most memorable and winning characters in the annals of American literature, justly regarded as one of Hughes's most inspired creations."… (more)
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Title:The Best of Simple: Stories (American Century)
Authors:Langston Hughes (Author)
Info:Hill and Wang (1990), Edition: unknown, 256 pages
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If you ever get to Paris and go to Shakespeare and Sons they have a copy of this in the read only section upstairs. That's where I started reading it. I never finished it but what I read was great. ( )
  Gary_Power | Jul 10, 2016 |
I loved this book! I loved the illustrations because they remind me of old ads from the 50s. Simple will have you laughing because of his common sense-laced humor.

The intro states that there are hundreds of Simples in the world. As you read these stories, Simple will remind you of an uncle, brother, or that funny old man who hangs out in the same place everyday in your neighborhood, telling exaggerated stories about his life.

This is a gem of literature, especially black literature. This was a wonderful blast from the past and I look forward to reading other Simple books. ( )
  firstperson | Aug 13, 2011 |
Funny, wry, droll. Boyd plays straight-man to Jesse B. Simple. ( )
  ostrom | Dec 12, 2007 |
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Langston Hughes's stories about Jesse B. Semple--first composed for a weekly column in the Chicago Defender and then collected in Simple Speaks His Mind, Simple Takes a Wife, and Simple Stakes a Claim--have been read and loved by hundreds of thousands of readers. In The Best of Simple, the author picked his favorites from these earlier volumes, stories that not only have proved popular but are now part of a great and growing literary tradition. Simple might be considered an Everyman for black Americans. Hughes himself wrote: " ... these tales are about a great many people--although they are stories about no specific persons as such. But it is impossible to live in Harlem and not know at least a hundred Simples, fifty Joyces, twenty-five Zaritas, and several Cousin Minnies--or reasonable facsimiles thereof." As Arnold Rampersad has written, Simple is "one of the most memorable and winning characters in the annals of American literature, justly regarded as one of Hughes's most inspired creations."

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