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Tells the story of a leading poet of the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s who devoted his life to writing about the black experience in America.
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Grade 6 Up. A handsomely illustrated edition of Meltzer's 1968 title. Meltzer and Hughes were friends and collaborators on book projects, so the portrait painted here is more personal than many of the other available offerings. Alcorn's stylized, two-toned prints pique excitement and interest and invite repeated viewings. The artwork, plus the larger, clearer format for the text, will attract readers who would not have picked up the earlier edition. Each chapter begins with the graphic image of a flower springing from the gutter of an open book, superimposed over the silhouette of a cityscape. Only slight, subtle changes have been made in the well-written text. The word "Negro" has been changed in some places to "African American" or "black." An author's note precedes the text. The bibliography has been updated and includes audio and video recordings. The compelling artistry of this edition makes it a first-purchase consideration even for libraries that own the older title.?Marilyn Fairbanks, East Junior High School, Brockton, MA
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Gr. 6^-12. Meltzer's 1968 biography of writer Langston Hughes is reissued here in a large, handsomely illustrated edition. The illustrator's note, with its talk of images permeated with "analytical and synthetic cubism," won't be accessible to most teens; but the black-and-white pictures with tints of sepia and blue are rhythmic and powerful. Like those he did for Meltzer's Lincoln in His Own Words (1993) and Frederick Douglass in His Own Words (1995), Alcorn's illustrations combine elements of folk art, social realism, and abstract imagery. In his fascinating author's note, Meltzer talks about researching and writing the life story of his friend, about reading Hughes' own work, not to get an enormous clutter of facts, but to find out "what he taught and felt and dreamed and feared and hoped." Hazel Rochman
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Book Description Rebound by Sagebrush. School & Library Binding. Condition: VERY GOOD. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp(s). Seller Inventory # 2749229738