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Short Stories of Langston Hughes

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This collection of forty-seven stories written between 1919 and 1963--the most comprehensive available--showcases Langston Hughes's literary blossoming and the development of his personal and artistic concerns. Many of the stories assembled here have long been out of print, and others never before collected. These poignant, witty, angry, and deeply poetic stories demonstrate Hughes's uncanny gift for elucidating the most vexing questions of American race relations and human nature in general.

Langston Hughes (1902-67) was born in Joplin, Missouri, was educated at Lincoln University, and lived for most of his life in New York City. He is best known as a poet, but he also wrote novels, biography, history, plays, and children's books. Among his works are two volumes of memoirs, The Big Sea and I Wonder as I Wander, and two collections of Simple stories, The Best of Simple and The Return of Simple.

Akiba Sullivan Harper is a professor of English at Spelman College and the editor of The Return of Simple.

Arnold Rampersad, Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature at Princeton University, is the author of The Life of Langston Hughes and editor of The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes.

Including works ranging in date of composition from 1919 to 1963, this collection of forty-seven storiesthe most comprehensive such gathering availableshowcases Hughes's literary blossoming as well as the development of his personal and artistic concerns. Many of the stories here have long been out of print, and others never before collected. These poignant, witty, angry, and deeply poetic stories demonstrate Hughes's uncanny gift for elucidating the most vexing questions of American race relationsand of human nature more generally.

"Perhaps more than any other writer in American history, Hughes was able to capture 'the Harlemness of the American predicament' (to quote Ralph Ellison's wonderful phrase) in words that had the ring of truth, and not just in literary circles but in the barbershops and beauty parlors of everyday Harlem itself."Robert G. O'Meally, Newsday

"[Hughes's] fiction . . . manifests his 'wonder at the world.' As these stories reveal, that wonder has lost little of its shine."Brooke Horvath, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A good example of how Hughes attempted the balancing act of writing an engaged literary and genuinely popular literature that spoke for and of the everyday lives of African Americans."James Smethurst, Chicago Tribune

Synopsis:

This collection of forty-seven stories written between 1919 and 1963--the most comprehensive available--showcases Langston Hughes's literary blossoming and the development of his personal and artistic concerns. Many of the stories assembled here have long been out of print, and others never before collected. These poignant, witty, angry, and deeply poetic stories demonstrate Hughes's uncanny gift for elucidating the most vexing questions of American race relations and human nature in general.

About the Author

Langston Hughes (1902-67) was born in Joplin, Missouri, was educated at Lincoln University, and lived for most of his life in New York City. He is best known as a poet, but he also wrote novels, biography, history, plays, and children's books. Among his works are two volumes of memoirs, The Big Sea and I Wonder as I Wander, and two collections of Simple stories, The Best of Simple and The Return of Simple.

Akiba Sullivan Harper is a professor of English at Spelman College and the editor of The Return of Simple.

Arnold Rampersad, Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature at Princeton University, is the author of The Life of Langston Hughes and editor of The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Bodies in the Moonlight

The Young Glory of Him

The Little Virgin

Luani of the Jungles

Slave on the Block

Cora Unashamed

The Blues I'm Playing

Why, You Reckon?

Little Old Spy

Spanish Blood

On the Road

Gumption

Professor

Big Meeting

Trouble with the Angels

Tragedy at the Baths

Slice Him Down

African Morning

'Tain't So

One Friday Morning

Heaven to Hell

Breakfast in Virginia

Saratoga Rain

Who's Passing for Who?

On the Way Home

Name in the Papers

Sailor Ashore

Something in Common

Mysterious Madame Shanghai

Never Room with a Couple

Powder-white Faces

Pushcart Man

Rouge High

Patron of the Arts

Thank You, M'am

Sorrow for a Midget

Blessed Assurance

Early Autumn

Fine Accommodations

The Gun

His Last Affair

No Place to Make Love

Rock, Church

Appendix: Early Stories

Mary Winosky

Those Who Have No Turkey

Seventy-Five Dollars

The Childhood of Jimmy

Publication History of Hughes's Short Stories

Product Details

ISBN:
9780809016037
Editor:
Harper, Akiba Sullivan
Introduction:
Rampersad, Arnold
Introduction by:
Rampersad, Arnold
Introduction:
Rampersad, Arnold
Author:
Rampersad, Arnold
Author:
Harpe
Author:
Hughes, Langston
Author:
r, Akiba Sullivan
Author:
Harper, Akiba Sullivan
Publisher:
Hill & Wang
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Short stories, American -- Afro-American authors.
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
97-1
Publication Date:
19970831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.22 x 5.47 x 0.905 in

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This collection of forty-seven stories written between 1919 and 1963--the most comprehensive available--showcases Langston Hughes's literary blossoming and the development of his personal and artistic concerns. Many of the stories assembled here have long been out of print, and others never before collected. These poignant, witty, angry, and deeply poetic stories demonstrate Hughes's uncanny gift for elucidating the most vexing questions of American race relations and human nature in general.

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