Coming Home: From the Life of Langston Hughes

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Philomel Books, 1994 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Young Langston Hughes was a dreamer. The thing he dreamed most aboutwas having a home. Yes, he had a home with his Granma Mary Langston, but his papawas in Mexico and his mama was trying to be a star. Langston longed for a real home. His storyteller granma did give him heroes like Booker T. Washington and Langston'sown Buffalo soldier uncles, heroes who were black, just like him. And there were thingshe lovedothe big, bright library in Kansas City, the jazzy sound of blues music on a streetcorner, and the rhythms of the Baptist Church near Auntie Reed's. But it was when he began to write, incorporating these people, places, and rhythmsinto his poetry and prose, that Langston reached people all over the world, anddiscovered where his home really was.

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User Review  - Whisper1 - LibraryThing

When a little child, Langston lived in Kansas with his elderly grandmother who admonished him not to play with other children. In the middle of miles of fields, it reality it was not hard to do. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - daphnejohnson - LibraryThing

Biography of young Langston Hughes living with his grand-mother and the life as it was for a poor negro family. The book goes into detail of his mom and dad. The turning point was when Langston could ... Read full review


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Floyd Cooper received a Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrations in The Blacker the Berry and a Coretta Scott King Honor for his illustrations in Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea and I Have Heard of a Land. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. Cooper received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma and, after graduating, worked as an artist for a major greeting card company. In 1984 he came to New York City to pursue a career as an illustrator of books and now lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, with his wife and children.

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