-James Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri in 1902. (“Langston Hughes Biography” 1) -His mother and father had mixed and rich backgrounds, but they lived in a society that classified them as black and inferior. (“Langston Hughes” 1) - James Nathaniel Hughes worked as a lawyer and also worked with a mining company. (“Langston Hughes” 1) -Carrie Mercer Langston Hughes wrote verse, acted, and taught school. (“Langston Hughes” 1) -Before mainstreaming his writing Hughes worked many odd jobs, including one as mess man on ships to Africa and Europe and as dishwasher in a Paris night club. [Hughes, Langston (1902-1967)1] -He attended School in Cleveland, Ohio, where he began writing poetry in the eighth grade. Langston’s father strongly discouraged his son writing because he should pursue a “more practical” career. (“Langston Hughes Biography” 1) -Langston's tuition fees to Columbia University were paid only if he agreed to study engineering. After a short while, he dropped out of the course, and continued to write poetry. His first and most famously published poem, The Negro Speaks of Rivers, appeared in Brownie's Book. (“Langston Hughes Biography” 1) - When Langston returned to his beloved Harlem later that year he accepted a job with Dr. Carter G. Woodson, editor of the Journal of Negro Life and History and founder of Black History Week in 1926. (“Langston Hughes Biography” 1) -Returning to live in Harlem in 1924 during a period often referred to as the 'Harlem Renaissance' greatly affected his writing. He spent most of his time in blues and jazz clubs increased even further. (“Langston Hughes Biography” 1) - Langston Hughes received a scholarship to Lincoln University, in Pennsylvania, and received his B.A. degree in 1929. In his last year, 1943, he was awarded an honorary Lit.D by his alma mater. (“Langston Hughes Biography” 1) -Langston Hughes died of cancer on May 22, 1967. His residence at 20 East 127th Street in Harlem, New...
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