Fact’s About Poet’s Life
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He published more than 35 books and has been a staple of American literature and African-American studies programs for decades. Poet, dramatist, short fiction writer, novelist, lyricist, and journalist, Hughes was the first African American to earn his living by writing.
Werlock, Abby H. P., ed. "Hughes, Langston." The Facts On File Companion to the American Novel. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2006. Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 11 Mar. 2015 <http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&WID=17807&SID=5&iPin=CANov0457&SingleRecord=True>.
Langston Hughes died of complications from prostate cancer in May 22, 1967, in New York. In his memory, his residence at 20 East 127th Street in Harlem, New York City, has been given landmark status by the New York City Preservation Commission, and East 127th Street has been renamed "Langston Hughes Place."
"Langston Hughes." Academy Of American Poets -- Biographies Of American Poets (2006): 514. Poetry & Short Story Reference Center. Web. 11 Mar. 2015.
Although Hughes is associated with the ‘Harlem Renaissance’ of the 1920s and 1930s, he lived into the Decade of Protest and served as a model for postmodernist blacks such as Robert Hayden, Gwendolyn Brooks, Amiri Baraka, and Don L. Lee. Hughes was accused by some critics, both black and white, of not writing enough consciousness-raising material, but he was in fact the first black American to write civil-rights protest poetry that was identifiable as such, and he did it when it was quite dangerous to do so.
"Langston Hughes." Selections From Oxford Companion To Twentieth-Century Poetry In English (1994): 1. Poetry & Short Story