Langston Hughes The Poet

By Sean Tinner

Summary of the Life of Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902. He was born in Joplin, Missouri. His parents got divorced when he was four and his father moved to mexico. He was taken in by his grandmother until he turned thirteen. From there he went back to live with his mother and step dad. He started to write poems in high school. He then went to Columbia University in New York City. In Washington he wrote his first book The Weary Blues. When he moved to Pennsylvania, his next book won the Harmon gold medal for literature. Some of the people that influenced his writing were Walt Whitman and Carl Sandburg. He began writing for play, making poems, and creating novels. He played a huge part in the shaping of the Harlem Renaissance. He wrote and book-length poem called Montage of a Dream Deferred which summarized life during the Harlem Renaissance. He was seen as an inspiration to many in the 1920. Eleven plays and countless books and poems later he died of prostate cancer in May 22, 1967.
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He inspired some of the Harlem Renaissance. His poem taught people about the good and the bad parts of the 1920s