Not Without Laughter

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 11, 2011 - Fiction - 324 pages
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Langston Hughes was one of the best-known poets in modern America and his first novel, "Not Without Laughter," is undoubtedly his finest prose. A classic of African-American literature, it is the poignant story of a young black boy's awakening to the sad and the beautiful realities of black life in a small Kansas town. Published in 1930, "Not Without Laughter" is a pioneering work of fiction, and has been in print ever since. This work is now available in trade paperback with a new introduction by best-selling author and poet Maya Anagelou and a foreword by writer Arna Bontemps.
 

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I had no idea that Langston Hughes had written a novel. I really enjoy his poetry, so I was very excited to find this book. It is the coming-of-age story of an Africa American boy in Kansas during the ... Read full review

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interesting social study of a young black American boy, Sandy, brought up mainly by his hardworking grandmother Hager, a laundrywoman, his mother Anjee and two very different aunts, the rebel Harriett ... Read full review

Contents

ONESTORM 
TWOCONVERSATION 
THREEJIMBOYS LETTER 
FOURTHURSDAY AFTERNOON 
FIVEGUITAR 
SIXWORK 
SEVENWHITE FOLKS 
EIGHTDANCE 
SEVENTEENBARBERSHOP 
EIGHTEENCHILDRENS DAY 
NINETEENTEN DOLLARS AND COSTS 
TWENTYHEY BOY 
TWENTYONENOTE TO HARRIETT 
TWENTYTWOBEYOND THE JORDAN 
TWENTYTHREETEMPYS HOUSE 
TWENTYFOURA SHELF OF BOOKS 

NINECARNIVAL 
TENPUNISHMENT 
ELEVENSCHOOL 
TWELVEHARD WINTER 
THIRTEENCHRISTMAS 
FOURTEENRETURN 
FIFTEENONE BY ONE 
SIXTEENNOTHING BUT LOVE 
TWENTYFIVEPOOL HALL 
TWENTYSIXTHE DOORS OF LIFE 
TWENTYSEVENBEWARE OF WOMEN 
TWENTYEIGHTCHICAGO 
TWENTYNINEELEVATOR 
THIRTYPRINCESS OF THE BLUES 
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LANGSTON HUGHES was born in Joplin, Missouri, in 1902. By the time he enrolled in Columbia University he had already launched his literary career with his poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," published in Crisis in 1921. Often regarded as "the poet laureate of Harlem," Hughes was a cental figure in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. Known for his insightful, colorful portayals of black life in America from the 1920s to the 1960s, Hughes published more than thirty-five books of poetry, fiction, short stories, children's poetry, musicals, operans, autobiography, scripts, and essays.

Throughout hs life Hughes was a devoted fan of black music, and he fushed together jazz and blues with traditional verse in his first two books, The Weary Blues and Fine Clothes to the Jew. He was also well known for his creation of the fictional character Jess B. Semple, nicknamed Simple, who satrized racial injustices. In 1929, Hughes earned his B.A. from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, where he was later presented with an honorary Litt.D. Over the course of his life, Hughes was also awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rosenwald Fellowship, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Grant. Hughes died in 1967. 

Through his work condeming racism and celebrating African-American culture, Langston Hughes becaomse one of the most influential and esteemed writers of the twentieth-century.

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