Coming Home: From the Life of Langston Hughes by Floyd CooperYoung Langston Hughes was a dreamer. He dreamed about heroes like Booker T. Washington, who was black just like him. When he heard the clackety-clack of train wheels, he dreamed about the places it had been. But most of all, he dreamed about having a happy home. And so, one day, he began turning those dreams into beautiful prose. As he did, he discovered where his home really was?in the words and rhythms of his poetry that reached people all over the world. The beloved Langston Hughes comes to life in a book for poets, dreamers, children and adults ?anyone who has ever thought of what home means to them.?Teachers looking for a good way to introduce youngsters to this prominent poet will find this book to be an excellent accompaniment to his work.? --School Library Journal?Like Hughes? poetry, the power of Cooper?s story is that it confronts sadness even as it transcends it.? --Booklist?His text is as inviting as his illustrations.? --The New York Times Book Review
Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967)
While it was long believed that Hughes was born in , new research released in indicated that he might have been born the previous year. His parents separated soon after his birth, and he was raised by his mother and grandmother. Back in New York City from seafaring and sojourning in Europe, he met in the writers Arna Bontemps and Carl Van Vechten , with whom he would have lifelong influential friendships. Hughes won an Opportunity magazine poetry prize in Knopf , who accepted the collection that Knopf would publish as The Weary Blues in
Langston Hughes published his first poem in He attended Columbia University , but left after one year to travel. A leading light of the Harlem Renaissance , Hughes published his first book in He went on to write countless works of poetry, prose and plays, as well as a popular column for the Chicago Defender. His parents, James Hughes and Carrie Langston, separated soon after his birth, and his father moved to Mexico. From that point, he went to live with his mother, and they moved to several cities before eventually settling in Cleveland, Ohio.
American author Langston Hughes, a moving spirit in the artistic movement of the s often called the Harlem Renaissance, expressed the mind and spirit of most African Americans for nearly half a century. Langston and James N. His parents separated soon after his birth, and Hughes was raised mainly by his mother, his grandmother, and a childless couple, the Reeds. He attended public schools in Kansas and Illinois and upon graduating elementary school, Hughes was named class poet, although he had never even written a poem. That title sparked an interest in writing poetry.