Langston Hughes was born in 1902 and died in 1967. A poet and novelist, he became known as the "Shakespeare of Harlem" during the 1920s and 1930s. Originally from the Midwest, Hughes traveled the world and worked in a great variety of jobs. He is especially well-known for his perceptive and sympathetic portrayals of life in black America. In addition to poetry and novels Hughes also wrote short stories, plays, books for children and non-fiction. Much of his writing reflects the rhythms of blues and jazz.
You can find out more about Hughes's life, in the context of his work
and major world events, on A Hughes Timeline.
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Use the Slidebar to adjust the time period displayed in the timeline.
As you scroll over points on the timeline, you can read more about significant events and, in some cases, view related images.
Or, click on a title in the listing of Hughes's major works to see it located on the Timeline.
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