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Langston Hughes

Poet and Playwright Langston Hughes

Full Name: James Mercer Langston Hughes
Profession: Poet and Playwright

United States of America

Biography: Considered one of the 100 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

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Aquarius

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

Historical Events

  • 1933-10-24 Langston Hughes' "Mulatto" premieres in NYC
  • 1990-09-07 New York City Opera's production of Kurt Weill and Langston Hughes' "Street Scene" opens at NY State Theater, NYC; runs for 6 performances