"Life for me ain't been no crystal stair." ~ pg. 413
It is such a treat and an honor to read the correspondence of the iconic jazz poet, novelist, playwright Langston Hughes. He is most famous for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. Through a selection of his letters, this book tells his life story. In his own words, it tells his financial and emotional struggle through college, his relationship with his father, his political views and inspiration to young people. His personal letters are to relatives, fellow artists, friends and writers such as Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Richard Wright and Alice Walker. The correspondence include Langston's views on life and social justice. Throughout the letters, there are quotes from his poems that help paint the picture of a literary genius.
If you have a love for writing, you will appreciate reading Langston Hughes' journey through selected letters that he wrote. While reading, it felt like I found a treasure box. This is a great selection to read anytime, especially during Hughes' birth month and Black History Month.
Selected Letters of Langston Hughes is available in hardcover and eBook today. It is a great addition to personal book collections.
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Title: Selected Letters of Langston Hughes
Author: Langston Hughes
Published: February 2015
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