James Langston Hughes began writing in high school, and even at this early age was developing the voice that made him famous. Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, but lived with his grandmother in Lawrence, Kansas until he was thirteen and then with his mother in Lincoln, Illinois and Cleveland, Ohio where he went to high school.
In that time he wrote more than 60 books, including poems, novels, short stories, plays, children's poetry, musicals, operas, and autobiographies.
He was the first African American to support himself as a writer, and he wrote from his own experience. His parents divorced when he was young and his father moved to Mexico. Because his mother traveled a lot to find work and was often absent, his grandmother raised Hughes until he was His childhood was lonely and he often occupied himself with books.
It was Hughes's grandmother, a great storyteller, who transferred to him her love of literature and the importance of becoming educated. In he moved to Lincoln, Illinois, to live with his mother and her new husband.
It was here that he started writing poetry — he wrote his first poem in the eighth grade. A year later the family relocated to Cleveland, Ohio.
Despite all the moving around, Hughes was a good student and excelled in his studies. He was also good looking and popular with the other students, during his senior year at Central High School in Cleveland, Ohio, he was voted class poet and editor of the yearbook.
After high school, Hughes traveled in Mexico, Europe, and Africa — sometimes by working on freighters. By he had settled in Harlem, New York, and was an important figure during the Harlem Renaissance.
The Harlem Renaissance was an African-American cultural movement that focused on literature, music, theater, art, and politics. One of his favorite pastimes was to sit in clubs and listen to the blues as he wrote his poetry. Some of his books for children and young adults include: In February the U.
Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp honoring Langston Hughes. This stamp was the 25th in the Black Heritage series and marked Hughes's th birthday.Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, on February 1, , to Carrie M.
Langston and James N. Hughes. His parents separated soon after his birth, and Hughes was raised mainly by his mother, his grandmother, and a childless couple, the plombier-nemours.com: May 22, Langston Hughes wrote from to In that time he wrote more than 60 books, including poems, novels, short stories, plays, children's poetry, musicals, operas, and autobiographies.
He was the first African American to support himself as a writer, and he wrote from his own experience. Langston Hughes was, in his later years, deemed the "Poet Laureate of the Negro Race," a title he encouraged. Hughes meant to represent the race in his writing and he was, perhaps, the most original of all African American poets.
Langston Hughes, in full James Mercer Langston Hughes, (born February 1, ?, Joplin, Missouri, U.S.—died May 22, , New York, New York), American writer who was an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance and made the African American experience the subject of his writings, which ranged from poetry and plays to novels and newspaper columns.
Langston Hughes: Langston Hughes, American writer who was an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance and who vividly depicted the African American experience through his writings, which ranged from poetry and plays to novels and newspaper columns.
Charles and Mary's daughter Caroline was the mother of Langston Hughes. Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, the second child of school teacher Carrie (Caroline) Mercer Langston and James Nathaniel Hughes (–).
Langston Hughes grew up in a series of Midwestern small towns.