The Resource The weary blues, Langston Hughes ; introduction by Carl Van Vechten ; with a new foreword by Kevin Young

The weary blues, Langston Hughes ; introduction by Carl Van Vechten ; with a new foreword by Kevin Young

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The weary blues
Title
The weary blues
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Langston Hughes ; introduction by Carl Van Vechten ; with a new foreword by Kevin Young
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eng
Summary
"Nearly ninety years after its first publication, this celebratory edition of The Weary Blues reminds us of the stunning achievement of Langston Hughes, who was just twenty-four at its first appearance. Beginning with the opening "Proem" (prologue poem)--"I am a Negro: / Black as the night is black, / Black like the depths of my Africa"--Hughes spoke directly, intimately, and powerfully of the experiences of African Americans at a time when their voices were newly being heard in our literature. As the legendary Carl Van Vechten wrote in a brief introduction to the original 1926 edition, "His cabaret songs throb with the true jazz rhythm; his sea-pieces ache with a calm, melancholy lyricism; he cries bitterly from the heart of his race. Always, however, his stanzas are subjective, personal," and, he concludes, they are the expression of "an essentially sensitive and subtly illusive nature." That illusive nature darts among these early lines and begins to reveal itself, with precocious confidence and clarity. In a new introduction to the work, the poet and editor Kevin Young suggests that Hughes from this very first moment is "celebrating, critiquing, and completing the American dream," and that he manages to take Walt Whitman's American "I" and write himself into it. We find here not only such classics as "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" and the great twentieth-century anthem that begins "I, too, sing America," but also the poet's shorter lyrics and fancies, which dream just as deeply. "Bring me all of your / Heart melodies," the young Hughes offers, "That I may wrap them / In a blue cloud-cloth / Away from the too-rough fingers / Of the world.""--
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1902-1967
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Hughes, Langston
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811/.52
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3515.U274
LC item number
A6 2015
Literary form
poetry
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1880-1964
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  • Van Vechten, Carl
  • Young, Kevin A
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American poetry
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The weary blues, Langston Hughes ; introduction by Carl Van Vechten ; with a new foreword by Kevin Young
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Originally published in 1926
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rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
xxvi, 91 pages
Isbn
9780385352970
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(hardcover)
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2014043213
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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2014043213
Label
The weary blues, Langston Hughes ; introduction by Carl Van Vechten ; with a new foreword by Kevin Young
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published in 1926
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
xxvi, 91 pages
Isbn
9780385352970
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014043213
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
2014043213

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