Our greatest African American poet’s award-winning first novel, about a black boy’s coming-of-age in a largely-white Kansas town
When first published in 1930, Not Without Laughter established Langston Hughes as not only a brilliant poet and leading light of the Harlem Renaissance but also a gifted novelist. In telling the story of Sandy Rogers, a young African American boy in small-town Kansas, and of his family—his mother, Annjee, a housekeeper for a wealthy white family; his irresponsible father, Jimboy, who plays the guitar and travels the country in search of employment; his strong-willed grandmother Hager, who clings to her faith; his Aunt Tempy, who marries a rich man; and his Aunt Harriet, who struggles to make it as a blues singer—Hughes gives the longings and lineaments of black life in the early twentieth century an important place in the history of racially divided America.
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LANGSTON HUGHES was born in Joplin, Missouri, in 1902. By the time he enrolled in Columbia University he had already launched his literary career with his poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” published in Crisis in 1921. Often regarded as “the poet laureate… More about Langston Hughes
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Published by Penguin Classics Jan 16, 2018| 256 Pages| 5-1/16 x 7-3/4| ISBN 9780143131861