While busing dishes at the Wardman Park Hotel

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While busing dishes at the Wardman Park Hotel, Hughes left a few sheets of verse for the perusal of  a diner, poet Vachal Lindsay. The next morning, the newspapers reported that Lindsay had  discovered a prodigy among the kitchen help. By age 23, Hughes netted a poetry prize from  Opportunity magazine for "The Weary Blues," a masterwork about a pianist he had heard at the  Cotton Club. Hughes gained the ear of critic Carl van Vechten, who passed him on to publisher  Alfred A. Knopf and encouraged the editors of Vanity Fair and American Mercury to publish a  glittering new talent. On a Southern tour, he won the admiration of playwright Eugene O'Neill and  poet James Weldon Johnson but met with smug, eloquent racism at Vanderbilt University, where  Allen Tate declined to meet the celebrated Harlemite. In 1926, Hughes completed the groundbreaking Afro-American manifesto "The Negro Artist and the  Racial Mountain." He asserted that blacks must free themselves from a pervasive self-loathing for  being black and from the styles and topics indigenous to white literature. To express his individuality, 
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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