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Introduction by Arnold Rampersad.

Langston Hughes, born in 1902, came of age early in the 1920s. In The Big Sea he recounts those memorable years in the two great playgrounds of the decade--Harlem and Paris. In Paris he was a cook and waiter in nightclubs. He knew the musicians and dancers, the drunks and dope fiends. In Harlem he was a rising young poet--at the center of the "Harlem Renaissance."

Arnold Rampersad writes in his incisive new introduction to The Big Sea, an American classic: "This is American writing at its best--simpler than Hemingway; as simple and direct as that of another Missouri-born writer...Mark Twain."

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**** Reprint of the Hill & Wang edition of 1964 (first edition 1940), with a new introduction by Arnold Rampersad. The work is cited in BCL3.
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About the Author

Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, went to Cleveland, Ohio, lived for a number of years in Chicago, and long resided in New York City's Harlem. He graduated from Lincoln University in 1929 and was awarded an honorary Litt. D. in 1943. He was perhaps best known as a poet and the creator of Simple, but he also wrote novels, biography, history, plays (several of them Broadway hits), and children's books, and he edited several anthologies. Mr. Hughes died in 1967.

Arnold Rampersad, author of the widely acclaimed biography The Life of Langston Hughes, is Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature and director of American Studies at Princeton University.

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nancy, October 1, 2006 (view all comments by nancy)
I picked up this book not expecting to like it, and was totally wrong! I loved it. The only thing I can say is he was The Jack London of the 1920 & 30's. Langston Hughes has done it all. A interesting, intelligent, highly dedicated knowledge seeker. He graced our world with his writers works, and possibly was the best of the Black Renaissance period!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780809015498
Author:
Rampersad, Arnold
Author:
Rampersad, Arnold
Illustrator:
Rampersad, Arnold
Author:
Rampersad, Arnold
Publisher:
Hill & Wang
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
History, criticism and surveys
Subject:
Intellectual life
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
American - African American & Black
Subject:
Political corruption
Subject:
Hughes, langston, 1902-1967
Subject:
Municipal government
Subject:
Poets, American
Subject:
Harlem renaissance
Subject:
Harlem
Subject:
African American poets
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
Poets, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
American century series
Series Volume:
no. 1
Publication Date:
19930831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.82 x 0.935 in

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