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 4,863,197 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). Langston Hughes is the 1,772nd most popular writer (up from 1,819th in 2019), the 2,218th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,152nd in 2019) and the 208th most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, Langston Hughes ranks 1,772 out of 5,794Before him are Luis de León, Wilhelm Raabe, Jorge Manrique, Sanai, Jules de Goncourt, and Georg Heym. After him are Henri de Régnier, Ichiyō Higuchi, Xu Shen, Abdul-Qādir Bedil, Cristóbal de Morales, and David Ogilvy.

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Among people born in 1902, Langston Hughes ranks 81Before him are Demchugdongrub, Alfredo Binda, Shigeyoshi Suzuki, Christian de Castries, Eugen Jochum, and Maurice Duruflé. After him are George Gaylord Simpson, Norma Shearer, Yasuhito, Prince Chichibu, Nathan Milstein, Jean Bruller, and Nordahl Grieg. Among people deceased in 1967, Langston Hughes ranks 76Before him are George Kelly, Eddie Eagan, Walter Weiß, Stanisław Sosabowski, Walter A. Shewhart, and Abdel Hakim Amer. After him are Joseph Boxhall, Dorothy Parker, Jane Darwell, Alphonse Juin, Basil Rathbone, and Carl Sandburg.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Langston Hughes ranks 2,218 out of 15,968Before him are Leland Stanford (1824), Matt Dillon (1964), Joel Silver (1952), Margaret Sanger (1879), Chester Barnard (1886), and Kim Carnes (1945). After him are Donald Judd (1928), Mariah Carey (1969), Jason Bateman (1969), Tony Levin (1946), Shannen Doherty (1971), and Paul Cohen (1934).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Langston Hughes ranks 208Before him are Fredric Jameson (1934), John Grinder (1940), Djuna Barnes (1892), David Woodard (1964), Siri Hustvedt (1955), and Betty Friedan (1921). After him are Raymond E. Feist (1945), Agnes Smedley (1892), Harold Bloom (1930), Bernard Malamud (1914), Alex Haley (1921), and Ross Macdonald (1915).