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Batts 1 Anna Batts Regina Alston English 1100, Section 2 9 November 2015 The Life and Work of Langston Hughes James Mercer Langston Hughes also known as Langston Hughes is a well known author and poet from the Harlem Renaissance. He has numerous amounts of famous poems and books that are still known today, his work helped draw much attention to the African American literature including art, culture and dance. Langston Hughes was born February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Mississippi. His parents go by the name of Carrie Langston and James Hughes who eventually went their separate ways. Being that Langston’s mother often moved around and his dad moved to Mexico he was basically raised by his grandmother, Mary, until she passed in his early teen years. From that point he went to live with his mother then eventually settled in Cleveland Ohio. It was during his high school years that Langston began to have interest in poetry, when he then started to write poetry himself. With the help of his teacher he was introduced to the poetry of Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman, which later in his life he cited as primary influences. Hughes took part in various opportunities while in school such as, contributing to his school's literary magazine also other poetry magazines, but he would eventually get rejected ( Biography.com Editors). Once Hughes graduated from high school in 1920 he entered college in 1921 at Columbia University in New York City to begin his career as a writer. Hughes started to become more familiar and interested with Harlem's area. He then quickly became apart of the arts scene in Harlem. While writing many poems he uses his knowledge of African American Rhythms such as blues and jazz inside of his poetry, and doing this differs him from other
Batts 2 authors around this time ( Denise Low “Langston Hughes Biography”). Hughes quickly became apart of Harlem’s Burgeoning cultural movement, what is commonly known as the Harlem Renaissance. He eventually dropped out of Columbia in 1922, and then worked various jobs leading him to Africa and Spain. Two years later, he left then briefly moved to Paris where he continued his career. He then moved back to the United States and continued to work. Opportunities came about while he worked as a busboy in a Washington D.C hotel restaurant where he met American poet Vachel Lindsay. Lindsay was impressed with Hughes work and lead him to win first prize with his poem “ The Weary Blues” in the Opportunity

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