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James Mercer Langston Hughes
The Poet Laureate of Harlem: Poet, Essayist, Novelist, Playwright, Journalist and Lyricist
(February 1, 1902 - May 22, 1967)
Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, in 1902. He finished his college education at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania in 1929. He traveled all over the world-to Europe, Africa, Mexico, the Soviet Union but his heart and home were in Harlem, where he was one of the most versatile writers of the artistic movement known as the Harlem Renaissance. Though known primarily as a poet, Hughes also wrote plays, essays, novels, short stories, and books for children. His writing is characterized by simplicity and realism and, as he once said, "people up today and down tomorrow, working this week and fired the next, beaten and baffled, but determined not to be wholly beaten."
Hughes’s first book of poetry was, The Weary Blues, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1926. . In 1930 his first novel, Not Without Laughter, (Knopf, 1930) won the Harmon gold medal for literature.
Photo Official U.S. Stamp issued in January 2002 to commemorate Hughes’ 100th birthday