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Langston Hughes was one of the most original and versatile black writers of twentieth-century Langston Hughes I never realizing the monumental literary portfolio that he produced His accomplishments are well represented through his poetry fiction and drama Born in Joplin Missouri to James Nathaniel and Carrie Mercer Langston Hughes he was reared for a time by his grandmother in Lawrence Kansas after his parents divorce By his twelfth birthday he had lived in several major cities following his mother as she was always on the move searching for a better job Influenced by the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Carl Sandburg he began writing creatively while still a boy After his graduation from high school he spent time in Mexico with his father He has written several volumes of poetry six novels nine books for young people two autobiographies many short stories and sketches plays photo essays translation lyrics for musical and operas radio and television scripts recordings and numerous articles on a variety of topics He often wrote on controversial racial themes portraying his people with realism He created a Negro life in the 1920s and 30s he was able to please large elements of both the white and black audience People have accepted Langston Hughes all over the world as one of the most expressive spokesman for African Americans Hughes as a product of the 20s was to some considerable extent able to revitalize and reinvent black sounding poetry at times challenging the white control of black authenticity and black authentication A product of the 30s he was able to bring a leftist political dimension to his work that transformed how the folk were romanticized by black poets and transformed in some vital ways how the black poet saw himself in relation to the community for which he wrote He often wrote on controversial racial topics but he wrote in such a way as to please large elements of both white and
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