Day 4: Celebrating Black Authors – Langston Hughes

In celebration of Black History Month, I’ll be celebrating black authors by sharing a book a day written by a black author and that has a black main character. Some of the authors I’ve read others are new to me and will be added to the ever-growing TBR pile.

Title: Selected Poems of Langston Hughes
Author: Langston Hughes
ISBN-13: 978-0679728184
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Release Date: September 1990
[Read] [Add to Growing TBR Pile]

Oh my gosh! What can I possibly say about Langston Hughes that hasn’t already been said? He is by far one of my favorite poets. It’s hard to narrow down a favorite poem, but the collection “Montage of a Dream Deferred” ranks up there. Perhaps because when you read it you can hear and feel the rhythm of Jazz and Blues.

Summary from Book:

The poems in this collection were chosen by Hughes himself shortly before his death in 1967 and represent work from his entire career, including “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” “The Weary Blues,” “Still Here,” “Song for a Dark Girl,” “Montage of a Dream Deferred,” and “Refugee in America.” It gives us a poet of extraordinary range, directness, and stylistic virtuosity.


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