Langston Hughes

1902 - 1967

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James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1901 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. One of the earliest innovators of the literary art form called jazz poetry, Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "the Negro was in vogue", which was later paraphrased as "when Harlem was in vogue." Growing up in a series of Midwestern towns, Hughes became a prolific writer at an early age. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Langston Hughes has received more than 6,843,074 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). Langston Hughes is the 1,581st most popular writer (up from 1,676th in 2019), the 1,949th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,193rd in 2019) and the 172nd most popular American Writer.

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Notable Works

Not without laughter
African American boys, City and town life, Fiction
The big sea
African American poets, Intellectual life, American Authors
The ways of white folks
Fiction, Social life and customs, African Americans
The Ways of White Folks is a collection of short stories by Langston Hughes, published in 1934.[1] Hughes wrote the book during a year he spent living in Carmel, California.[2] The collection, "marked by pessimism about race relations, as well as a sardonic realism or, contextually: humorous racism,"[2] is among his best known works.[3] Like Chesnutt's The Conjure Woman (1899) and Wright's Uncle Tom's Children (1938), it is an example of a short story cycle.[4] The collection consists of 14 short stories:[5] "Cora Unashamed" "Slave on the Block" "Home" "Passing" "A Good Job Gone" "Rejuvenation Through Joy" "The Blues I'm Playing" "Red-Headed Baby" "Poor Little Black Fellow" "Little Dog" "Berry" "Mother and Child" "One Christmas Eve" "Father and Son"
African Americans, Afronorteamericanos, Poesía
I wonder as I wander
Biography, American Poets, African American poets


Among writers, Langston Hughes ranks 1,581 out of 7,302Before him are Alistair MacLean, Eino Leino, Ruth Rendell, Jean Chapelain, Alasdair Gray, and Dean Koontz. After him are Alexander Polyhistor, Giorgio Bassani, Mór Jókai, Lydia Koidula, Akiyuki Nosaka, and Namık Kemal.

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Among people born in 1902, Langston Hughes ranks 77Before him are Demchugdongrub, Markian Popov, Maximilian, Duke of Hohenberg, Eugen Jochum, Richard Rodgers, and Wifredo Lam. After him are Lyubov Orlova, Charan Singh, Alfredo Binda, Anatole Litvak, Norma Shearer, and Yasuhito, Prince Chichibu. Among people deceased in 1967, Langston Hughes ranks 72Before him are Marcel Aymé, Julius Schaub, Géza Lakatos, Carson McCullers, Walter A. Shewhart, and Shukri al-Quwatli. After him are H. H. Kung, Woody Guthrie, Stanisław Sosabowski, Josias, Hereditary Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Joseph Boxhall, and Tom Simpson.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Langston Hughes ranks 1,949 out of 20,380Before him are Carl Andre (1935), Robert E. Park (1864), Donna Karan (1948), Robert Fogel (1926), Billy Dee Williams (1937), and Dean Koontz (1945). After him are Bo Diddley (1928), James Newton Howard (1951), Eric Adams (1952), Mark W. Clark (1896), Dana Elcar (1927), and Peggy Lee (1920).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Langston Hughes ranks 172Before him are John Dickson Carr (1906), Elizabeth Bishop (1911), Ben Shapiro (1984), Jeffery Deaver (1950), Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807), and Dean Koontz (1945). After him are Clarissa Pinkola Estés (1945), Natalie Clifford Barney (1876), Philip José Farmer (1918), Alice Walker (1944), Gore Vidal (1925), and Ira Levin (1929).