Langston Hughes

Poet and Playwright Langston Hughes Full Name: Langston Hughes [James Mercer Langston Hughes]

United States of America

Profession: Poet and Playwright
Why Famous: Considered one of the hundred greatest African Americans Langston Hughes was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. He is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "the negro was in vogue" which was later paraphrased as "when Harlem was in vogue".

Born: February 1, 1902
Birthplace: Joplin, Missouri, USA
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: May 22, 1967 (aged 65)
Cause of Death: Complications after abdominal surgery, related to prostate cancer

Historical Events in the Life of Langston Hughes

  • 1933-10-24 Langston Hughes' "Mulatto" premieres in NYC