Langston Hughes was born on 2/1/1902, in Joplin, Missouri. He was a poet, novelist, playwright, and composer. At one time he was considered the "poet laureate of Black people."
Hughes' interest in writing came at an early age. While attending high school in Cleveland, Ohio, he wrote for the school newspaper, and edited the yearbook. It was also at this time that he began to write his first poetry, short stories and plays.
His first poem, "Weary Blues," was published in 1926. His first novel, "Not Without Laughter," was published in 1930.
Hughes earned his B.A. degree from Lincoln University, a historically Black college, in Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1929.
His poetry is filled with images of rural and urban class Black people and their experiences in the cultures of blues and jazz. His eloquent prose and poetry is considered some of the very best work of any writer in the first half of the 20th century
Hughes died in 1967.
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