Synopses & Reviews
Although best known as a poet and pioneer of the Harlem Renaissance movement, Langston Hughes proves himself one of modern literatureand#8217;s most revered and versatile African-American authors with andlt;I andgt;Not Without Laughter,andlt;/Iandgt; a powerful classic novel.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;This is a moving portrait of African-American family life in 1930s Kansas, following young Sandy Rogers as he comes of age. Sandyand#8217;s mother, Annjee, works as a housekeeper for a rich white family, while his father, traverses the country in search of work.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Not Without Laughterandlt;/Iandgt; is a moving examination of growing up in a racially divided society. A rich and important work, Hughes deftly echoes the black American experience with this novel.
Langston Hughes, long recognized as a major American poet and an influential force in African-American literature, brought to this, his first novel, the lyricism, humor, and sureness of touch that characterizes his award-winning poetry. This story reflects the joys and hardships of an African-American boy growing to manhood.
About the Author
Langston Hughes (1902andndash;1967) was born in Joplin, Missouri, and lived much of his life in Harlem, New York. As one Americaandrsquo;s most cherished chroniclers of the black experience, known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance, Hughesandrsquo;s work was constantly groundbreaking throughout his forty-six-year career. His poetry about the ocean and the symbolism that surrounds it stems from his travels through Africa and Europe working as a seaman.