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Langston Hughes- Dream Deferred

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About Lanston Hughes

Hughes was born on January 1st 1902, in Joplin Missouri. His parents divorced and he was raised by his grandma until he was thirteen. He then moved to live with his mother in Lincoln, Illinois which is where he begun to write poetry. While in college at Columbia University, Hughes worked jobs such as an assistant cook, launderer, and a busboy as well. He also traveled to Africa and Europe working as a seaman. In November 1924 he moved to Washington D.C. Where his first book of poetry,"The Weary Blues" was published. In 1930, his first novel won the Harmon gold medal for literature.His first novel was called "Not Without Laughter". Paul Lawrence Dunbar,Carl Sandburg, and Walt Whitman were his main influences.However "Sandburg who Hughes later called "my shining star", was decisive in leading him toward free verse and a radically modernist aesthetic" (

His work shaped the artistic contributions of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920's.Hughes later died of complications from prostate cancer on May 22, 1967, in New York. He left us with many great works of poetry. He also had a great influence on Black History.