Langston Hughes

American Poet of the 1920's


James Langston Hughes was born in Joplin Missouri on February 1, 1902. He was raised by his grandmother until he was thirteen years old when he moved to Illinois with his mother and her husband. After that he moved to Washington D.C., there is where his first poetry book "The Weary Blues" was published. Hughes got most of his motivation to write his poetry by the jazz music that was popular of that time period. He wrote many poetry books, however he also wrote short stories, plays, and novels. He also played a major role in the 1920's Harlem Renaissance while writing books and other parts if literature of that time. Hughes wrote many more novels before he was diagnosed with cancer and died on May 22, 1967.

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