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"Hughes's Life and Career"

Langston Hughes (1902-1967) is commonly recognized as a leading writer of the Harlem Renaissance (1919-1929). In "Hughes's Life and Career," Arnold Rampersad, professor of humanities at Stanford University, provides a biographical essay that illustrates the influences and experiences that marked Hughes's family background, education, writing and travel. the essay explores a common thread in Hughes's writing: race and race relations and the urban black community. Photographic portraits of Hughes from his early career to established years accompany the essay.

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Source | Arnold Rampersad, "Hughes's Life and Career," from (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997), available on
Creator | Arnold Rampersad
Item Type | Hyperlink
Cite This document | Arnold Rampersad, “"Hughes's Life and Career",” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed December 5, 2023,

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