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Pudd'nhead Wilson
Mark Twain
0553211587
Jan 1984
Paperback
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From AudioFile
Twain's basic point that upbringing is everything is portrayed in this dark and complex satire on people's inability to see beyond racial stereotypes. Ray Verna's fully voiced recording is of consistently good quality in audio production and reader performance. While Twain's work is often performed in an older, crotchety voice, Verna interprets with a smoother, more standard voice, more appropriate for the character of twenty-five-year-old David Wilson. Verna is also effective characterizing the desperate and shrewd Roxy, no doubt helped by Twain's phonetically written black dialect. Verna understands the story well and is sincere in his delivery. This is the audio equivalent of attending good amateur theater where earnestness counts, and small deficiencies are overlooked. P.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This...


The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes
0679764089
November 1995
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
At last Hughes has gotten his first collected edition; it is overdue. The editors have attempted to collect every poem (860 in all) published by the writer in his lifetime, and have also provided a brief but informative introduction, a detailed chronology and extensive textual notes that include the original date and place of publication for each poem. In fact, this edition corrects the many errors and omissions of the standard Hughes bibliography, and the editors plan to update the text as more unpublished work surfaces. Although Hughes is best known for his poems celebrating African African life, he was also a passionately political poet who paid dearly for his communist affiliations and radical views. The chronological arrangement of the poems allows the reader to follow the course of Hughes's career-long...


Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes
David Roessel (Editor)
1402718454
April 2006
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4 Up This charming collection of 26 poems is vibrantly illustrated with depictions of African Americans in varied settings. Homesick Blues shows a saxophone player conjuring up a locomotive at a railroad station. Harlem features a line of people waiting at a bus stop. A poignant rendering of a child watching from outside the fence surrounding a carousel accompanies Merry-Go-Round. For I, Too, a jubilant man leaps, arms and legs stretched out, and for Dream Variations, a man is poised on tiptoe, arms outstretched with the word DREAMS dripping from his fingertips into a heap on the floor. A four-page introduction tells about Hughes's life, setting the context for the poems that follow. Each selection includes a brief introduction, many recounting Hughes's own thoughts about it, and footnotes explain...


Poems of the American Spirit
David Stanford Burr (Editor)
0760733120
October 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Since the earliest days of America's history, poets have sought to express what it means to belong to a nation dedicated to liberty and democracy. From the lyricism of Walt Whitman's "I Hear America Singing" and the muscular rhythms of Carl Sandburg's "Chicago" to the memorable stanzas of "Casey at the Bat" and the rousing celebration of Wood Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land," Poems of the American Spirit presents the rich variety of the American experience and includes some of the greatest poetic works of Robert Frost, Henry Wadsworth Longfelow, Herman Melville, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and many others....


Let America Be America Again
Langston Hughes
1400095190
Aug 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
A Vintage Original

“I believe in an America in which opportunity and justice truly are for all. That was the essence of the life an poetry of Langston Hughes.”—Senator John Kerry, from the Preface

A beautifully designed collection of some of the greatest poems by a quintessentially American poet, whose theme of the promise of American inclusiveness continues to ring true.

Langston Hughes was uncommonly attuned to the ideals of freedom and democracy and the sometimes elusive American dream. The poems collected here offer a hopeful, truly democratic vision for America. Incantatory and stirring, passionate and provocative, they are as resonant for our times as they were over half a century ago.

Contents:
“Let America Be America Again,” “Dream of...


The Best Short Stories by Black Writers
Langston Hughes
0316380318
Feb 1969
Paperback
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Langston Hughes: Young Black Poet (Childhood of Famous Americans Series)
Montrew Dunham
0689717873
August 1995
Paperback
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Card catalog description
Focuses on the early years of the well-known poet, Langston Hughes, whose writings reflect the everyday experiences of African Americans.


The Big Sea: An Autobiography
Langston Hughes
0809015498
August 1993
Paperback
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Review
"Langston Hughes is the Jazz Poet! The constant communicator of Blues. He is the singer, philosopher, the folk and urban lyricist. This book is the chronicle of a bright and lively artistic ear that brought the African-American people full into the twentieth century. It is a wonderful book!"--Amiri Baraka


Selected Poems of Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes
067972818X
September 1990
Paperback
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Book Description
With the publication of his first book of poems, The Weary Blues, in 1926, Langston Hughes electrified readers and launched a renaissance in black writing in America.  The poems Hughes wrote celebrated the experience of invisible men and women: of slaves who "rushed the boots of Washington"; of musicians on Lenox Avenue; of the poor and the lovesick; of losers in "the raffle of night."  They conveyed that experience in a voice that blended the spoken with the sung, that turned poetic lines into the phrases of jazz and blues, and that ripped through the curtain separating high from popular culture.  They spanned the range from the lyric to the polemic, ringing out "wonder and pain and terror-- and the marrow of the bone of life."

The poems in this...


Voices of Black America
Booker T. Washington
962634248X
Feb 2002
Audio Compact Disc - Unabridged
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From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up-Unique in what it offers, Voices of Black America allows listeners to hear the actual voices of such luminaries as Booker T. Washington, Langston Hughes, and Paul Robeson. They are joined by lesser-known personalities such as Bert Williams and Charley Case who are among the public figures from the first half of the 20th century. In all, there are nine men from various walks of life presented. Unfortunately, no women are included, and, with the exception of Hughes giving the name of his poems, no one is introduced. Sound quality is variable because some segments include the sounds of earlier recording devices. The producers have not taken advantage of the rich music of the time to clarify breaks between performers. The lengthy liner notes include a picture and biographical information on each...


The Dream Keeper and Other Poems
Langston Hughes
0679883479
December 1996
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Originally published in 1932, this edition of Hughes's vibrant poems includes seven additional poems and is enhanced by dynamic scratchboard art. All ages. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist
Gr. 4-12. Hughes' classic poetry collection, originally published for young people in 1932, is reissued here in a handsome new edition. It includes seven additional poems, a fine introduction by Lee Bennett Hopkins, and a personal afterword by Augusta Baker. Black-and-white scratchboard illustrations in Pinkney's signature style express the emotion and beat of the poetry, the laughter that hides pain, the celebration and the struggle of the African American experience, and the music of the weary blues. The poems are as powerful today as they were 60 years...


Works for Children and Young Adults
Langston Hughes
0826214983
Oct 2003
Hardcover
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Not without Laughter
Langston Hughes
0020209851
March 1995
Paperback
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From Library Journal
This is another in the new Scribner Paperback Fiction line. Poet Hughes made the jump to fiction with this 1930 first novel of an African American boy's coming of age in a small Kansas town.Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Vintage Hughes
Langston Hughes
1400034027
Jan 2004
Paperback
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From Booklist
The latest Vintage Reader caps a generous sampling of the African American writer's poems with three sharp stories from The Ways of White Folks (1934). The selection of poems-- spanning from the career-launching "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," published in the NAACP magazine The Crisis when Hughes was 19, to his highly politicized and polemical last collection, The Panther and the Lash (1967)-- emphasizes Hughes as, first, the voice of Harlem and, later, of African American consciousness. Fortunately, the selection is seasoned with antiwar poems that know no ethnicity, such as "Comment on War" ("Let us kill off youth / For the sake of truth") and "War" ("The face of war is my face. / The face of war is your face"). As those poems' opening lines demonstrate, throughout his career Hughes' poetic...


Coming Home: From the Life of Langston Hughes
Floyd Cooper
0698116127
February 1998
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This insightful picture book illuminates, in both words and art, moments from the childhood of poet Langston Hughes (1902-1967). Facing difficult times with his parents because of segregation and other forms of racism, Hughes spent many of his early years in the care of his grandmother in Lawrence, Kans. As told by Cooper ( From Miss Ida's Porch ) in the first book he has written as well as illustrated, the wide-open Midwest offers Langston plenty of space to dream, but staying with poor and aging Grandma proves mostly sad and lonely. An eventual move to the home of family friends ushers in a rosy period of love and care that encourages Hughes's burgeoning writing career. Young readers may not understand how Hughes's childhood shaped his adult work, but they are likely to enjoy this story in and of itself. Warmly...


Langston Hughes
Alice Walker
0060215186
Jan 2002
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grades 2-5--This text originally published in 1974 is accompanied by new, colorful paintings. In clear but at times dry prose, the author reveals the many influences that led Hughes to become who he was. He was raised by a loving grandmother and by a mother who had difficulty finding jobs. He dealt with loneliness, racism, and a distant father who, he realized, hated his own people-black Americans-as well as Native Americans. The artwork is rendered in lovely, inviting hues and softens the misery the narrative describes. For example, a depiction of young Langston meeting his estranged, bitter father shows the elder Hughes in a much warmer light than the wording might indicate. The new edition is larger in format than the older one and has a more modern picture-book feel, as well as an author's note. Two of...


Teaching with Fire: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Teach
Sam M. Intrator (Editor)
0787969702
October 2003
Hardcover
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Review
"Teaching with Fire is a glorious collection of the poetry that has restored the faith of teachers in the highest, most transcendent values of their work with children . . . Those who want us to believe that teaching is a technocratic and robotic skill devoid of art or joy or beauty need to read this powerful collection. So, for that matter, do we all."
— Johnathan Kozol, author of Amazing Grace and Savage Inequalities

"When reasoned argument fails, poetry helps us make sense of life. A few well-chosen images, the spinning together of words creates a way of seeing where we came from and lights up possibilities for where we might be going . . . . Dip in, read, and ponder; share with others. It's inspiration in the very best sense."
— Deborah Meier, co-principal of The...


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