Langston Hughes, By: Julia Graham

Langston Hughes, By: Julia Graham

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  • Growing Up
  • Early Successes
  • Career
  • James Mercer Langston was born on February 1st, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri.  His parents were separated, and his sad moved.  He was raised by his grandma. Then, he graduated from highschool in 1920.
  • A life of letters 
  • He went to Mexico were his father was.  There, he published his poem "The Negro Speaks of River". In 1921, he enrolled at Columbia University. But then, he dropped out, and worked many jobs in New York, where he continued his poetry.
  • Accomplishments
  • After he graduated from Lincoln, in 1929 he published his first novel. The book was commercially successful enough to convinced him that he could make a living as being a writer, poet.
  • Death and Legacy
  • As a writer, he published many more poems and novels such as, "The Big Sea, the lyrics of "street Scene", and his autobiography, "I Wonder as I Wonder". He keep going with his writing.
  • His columns were so highly successful, and "Simple, would later be the focus of several of Hughes's books and plays. Over the next two decades, he continued his writing. Hughes's won many awards for his writing and or poetry.
  • On May 22nd, 1967 Langston Hughes died from complications of cancer. His funeral was filled with jazz, and Blues music, many people came.  From that day on, everyone adored him, and and would always remember him.  He died with Legacy.
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