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Langston Hughes : a study of the short fiction

Author: Hans A Ostrom
Publisher: New York : Twayne Publishers ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, ©1993.
Series: Twayne's studies in short fiction, no. 47.
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Perhaps the single best-known and most highly regarded African-American writer of his time, Langston Hughes (1902-1967) has left a profound mark on American letters. Taking the environment of urban blacks, Hughes captured in verse and prose its joys and pains, bringing a new realism to the subject. His language, while unadorned in style, remained spirited and true to colloquial speech, and his work was among the  Read more...
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Ostrom, Hans A.
Langston Hughes.
New York : Twayne Publishers ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1993
(OCoLC)608328195
Online version:
Ostrom, Hans A.
Langston Hughes.
New York : Twayne Publishers ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1993
(OCoLC)623894207
Named Person: Langston Hughes; Langston Hughes; Langston Hughes; Langston Hughes; Langston Hughes
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hans A Ostrom
ISBN: 0805783431 9780805783438
OCLC Number: 27640611
Description: xiii, 125 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Pt. 1. The Short Fiction. The Ways of White Folks. Laughing to Keep from Crying. The Jesse B. Simple Stories and Something in Common. Character Types and Narrative Modes --
Pt. 2. The Writer --
Pt. 3. The Critics. Alain Locke. Arna Bontemps. Carl Van Vechten. Luther Jackson. Melvin Tolson. Arnold Rampersad. Onwuchekwa Jemie. R. Baxter Miller. Arthur P. Davis. Houston A. Baker, Jr. Steven C. Tracy. Phyllis R. Klotman. Susan Blake. Edward Margolies. James O. Young. Mary Rohrberger. Jeffrey Walker. James Emanuel. Hoyt Fuller. Adam David Miller. Amiri Baraka.
Series Title: Twayne's studies in short fiction, no. 47.
Responsibility: Hans Ostrom.
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Perhaps the single best-known and most highly regarded African-American writer of his time, Langston Hughes (1902-1967) has left a profound mark on American letters. Taking the environment of urban blacks, Hughes captured in verse and prose its joys and pains, bringing a new realism to the subject. His language, while unadorned in style, remained spirited and true to colloquial speech, and his work was among the first by a black man to gain a multi-racial and national audience. Hughes is primarily remembered for his poetry, with which he established his reputation in the 1920s. He did not even publish his first collection of short fiction, The Ways of White Folks, until 1934. But precisely because it appeared after he had undergone an extensive process of artistic and personal development, it possesses an unusual coherence and power. It deals unflinchingly with racial, class, and sexual issues, as does his second collection, Laughing to Keep from Crying (1952). In 1950 a number of satirical sketches featuring Hughes's character Jesse B. Simple began appearing in collected form. These represent a tradition distinct from his other work. Hans Ostrom examines Hughes's short fiction canon in great detail, bringing in a wealth of information on Hughes's background and times to provide a fuller understanding. He discusses events such as the Harlem Renaissance and how they relate to Hughes, as well as sensitively examining the issue of race. Within a clear and coherent organizational scheme, Ostrom adds excerpts from interviews and letters and a section on the best previous scholarship and criticism. The result is a truly useful study.

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