HAPPY BIRTHDAY,LANGSTON HUGHES, AMERICAN POET,PLAYWRIGHT AND NOVELIST !

” MY SOUL HAS GROWN DEEP LIKE THE RIVERS !”

Langston Hughes.

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LANGSTON HUGHES,American Poet,Playwright n Novelist, Was Born This Day, February 1, 1902 In Missouri USA And Had Played A Substantial Role In Shaping The Black Consciousness In The Twenties Of The Last Century Through His Monumental Works As ‘THE NEGRO SPEAKS TO RIVERS’ and ‘THE WEARY BLUES’ and Later On, Through Various Lecture Tours And Articles Penned For Various American Magazines,especially, ‘CHICAGO DEFENDER’ !

A Defining Voice Of The Cultural Movement Of 1920s By The Black Intellectuals In Harlem,NY, Popularly Known As ‘HARLEM RENAISSANCE’ , Langston Hughes Was Very Keep Observer Of The Ordinary Black People Living In America And Had Given A Masterful Rendition Of Such Lives In His Poems and Plays !

He Had Been Active Since The Middle Of 1920s To The Middle Of 1960s And During This Rather Long Period Of Writing, Produced Around A Dozen Of Poetry-Books, A Dozen Of Dramas, Two Novels And Countless Works Of Non-Fiction.

‘THE WEARY BLUES’ Was Hughes’ First Major Work Published In 1926 By A.Knopf And Established Him As An Important Voice Amongst The Group Of Black Intellectuals.

This Book Of Poems Displays Influences Of Poets Like CARL SANDBURG and WALT WHITMAN –Two Poets ,among a few others, Whom Langston Hughes Always Held In High Esteem!

His Other Notable Poetry Anthology Is ‘THE NEGRO SPEAKS TO RIVERS’ ,Which Is Considered As His Most Acclaimed Book of Poems And A Groundbreaking Work In The Black People’s Literary Heritage!

Unfortunately,Langston Hughes Never Got What He Rather Deserved During His Hey Day As Critics n Intellectuals of Both Hues(black n white) Didn’t Hold Hughes In Good Stead!

Langston Hughes,Though, Has Always Been A Huge Hit Amongst The General Readers, Comprising Mainly The Younger Minds!
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‘NOT WITHOUT LAUGHTER’ Is Hughes’ Most Popular Novel. Langston Hughes Was A Regular At Various Periodicals And He Used To Pen,Apart From Serious Pieces, Humorous Items And Had, In Fact, Created A Stock-Character Full Of Fun n Laughter, ‘MR. SAMPLE’ ,Who Later Became Simply,Mr.Simple And A Couple Of Books Regarding Mr. Simple,Were Ready , Like, ‘Simple Takes A Wife’, ‘Simple Stakes A Claim’ and so on n so forth.

As A Playwright He Wrote Around A Dozen Plays,Chief Among Them Are : ‘BLACK NATIVITY’ , ‘MULATTO’ . . .et.al !

He Had Also Penned Lyrics For A Couple Of Broadway-Musicals.

Langston Hughes Happened To Be The First Black Author Who Earned A Living Through Writing And That Tells Much Regarding His Wide Renown Coupled With A Great Acceptance Amongst The Readers!

Very Fond Of Jazz and Other Forms Of Music,Langston Hughes’ Poetry Bears A Matchless Musical Quality !

His Position,Despite Many Criticisms, Mainly Emanating From The Range Of Themes Hughes’ Works Focussed Upon, Is Very Much Secure Today n Tomorrow!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY,LANGSTON HUGHES !

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MRITYUNJAY JHA
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