Langston Hughes Photograph
An undated photograph of Langston Hughes inscribed “To Susan Powell, Sincerely – Langston Hughes.” Acquired from Southwestern Michigan, likely that it was signed by Hughes in 1945 when he delivered a lecture at the Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium.
- estimated 1945
- Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967 (Person)
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Biography of Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
Langston Hughes was born February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri to Caroline Leary Hughes. From 1903 to 1915, Hughes lived in Lawrence, Kansas with his grandmother, Mary Langston; in 1915 he joined his mother in Illinois. The family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where Hughes graduated high school. He entered New York's Columbia University in 1921, but only attended for a year. During his time at Columbia Hughes discovered Harlem, where he became an influential part of the Harlem Renaissance. In 1926 he published his first book of poetry, The Weary Blues. Over the course of his life, Hughes created a wide range of works including novels, short stories, children's books, scripts, translations, and, of course, poetry. Following abdominal surgery, Langston Hughes died May 22, 1967.
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RH PH P2790
- Guide to the Langston Hughes Photograph Collection
- Langston Hughes Photograph
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Langston Hughes Photograph Collection , Kansas Collection, RH PH P2790, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries