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Free to Dream: The Making of a Poet: Langston Hughes

Osofsky, Audrey

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ISBN 10: 0688106056 / ISBN 13: 9780688106058
Published by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1996
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Title: Free to Dream: The Making of a Poet: ...

Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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A young reader's introduction to Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes follows his alienated beginnings in predominantly white Kansas towns and his emergence to fame as one of the nation's foremost poets.


A moving portrait of the well-loved Harlem Renaissance poet. -- Book Description

Langston Hughes continues to talk to readers of all ages with a powerful simplicity rooted in African American music and daily experience. This biography provides an overview of his life and times, as well as discussion of his work, his leading role in the Harlem Renaissance, and his commitment to giving voice to his people, "laughing to keep from crying." The slightly oversize volume is attractive, with a bright front and back jacket, lots of quotes and black-and- white-photos throughout, and clear chapter notes at the back that make it easy to find the poems and autobiographies. Despite the spacious format, however, the type of the main text is very tight. Still, young people will be drawn to the life story of "a passed-around child," raised in a time of widespread segregation, who grew up to write great poetry with "the boogie-woogie rumble of a dream deferred." -- Hazel Rochamn, Booklist, 7/96

The biography of poet Langston Hughes is presented in a coverage which tells of his roots in a white Kansas town. Vintage black and white photos of family and early events of the times brings to life not only Hughes' family and home setting, but the eras which fostered the poet's rise to fame. The result's an unusually detailed portrait of Hughes' personal life and times. -- Midwest Book Review

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