By Steven C. Tracy
Langston Hughes has been an thought to generations of readers and writers looking a passionate, clever, and socially in charge artwork. during this quantity, Steven C. Tracy has amassed a extensive diversity of critics to provide an interdisciplinary method of the real historic and cultural parts mirrored in Hughes's paintings. Their essays, all formerly unpublished, position Hughes within the context of Harlem, his most well-liked geographical and non secular domestic base, in addition to the bigger political, social, musical, and creative milieu of his quickly altering instances. They study Hughes's negotiation of his personal ethical and moral flooring in a fancy, occasionally opposed international, and exhibit the extraordinary triumph of a delicate, inventive man or woman who refused to be crushed by means of the forces of discrimination, pessimism, and bitterness that claimed such a lot of writers of his new release. This quantity, with its historic essays, short biography, and illustrated chronology, presents a concise but authoritative portrait of 1 of America's and the world's such a lot liked writers.
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In “The Blues I’m Playing” (see Tracy), Hughes reworks the disturbing break with Mason into a plot involving a black pianist, Oceola Jones, who abandons the Western classics. Though her patron, Dora Ellsworth, a childless widow, believes in art alone, Jones believes in both art and life (Mason actually preferred “primitive folk art” to the classics), but a more complex psychology informs the story. To accept the innovative ideas of Oceola would mean to admit the misdirection of Ellsworth’s own life and to transcend Western dualism.
They lived in Lincoln, Illinois, for a year, and in Homer Clark moved the family to Cleveland. Hughes entered Central High School that autumn and had a successful four years there. He wrote poems for the Belfry Owl, the student magazine, helped win the city championships in track, was on the monthly honor roll, and edited the school yearbook. Among the teachers, many of whom he found inspirational, was Helen Chesnutt, a Latin instructor and the daughter of the well-known novelist Charles W.
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A Historical Guide to Langston Hughes (Historical Guides to American Authors) by Steven C. Tracy