Dead People You Should Know: Langston Hughes

            Langston Hughes was a very famous poet. Many of his well-known works of literature were created during the time of the Harlem Renaissance. He started writing when he was a teenager. He had to surface many obstacles on his way to fame. For example, his dad did not believe in his talents as a poet. As a result of that, Hughes almost became an engineer, because his dad said that was the only way he would pay for Langston’s college. However, Langston believed in himself and his abilities so he went through with his poetry career.

            Hughes received a scholarship to Lincoln University in which he accepted. While studying at Lincoln University, Hughes was noticed by a famous novelist by the name of Carl Van Vechten. This man helped to get Hughes first book, The Weary Blues, published in 1926. A year before this book was published; Hughes entered it in the Opportunity magazine literary competition. Hughes received first place. Because of his success with publishing the first book, Hughes wrote a second book called, Fine Clothes to the Jew. This book was published in 1927. Hughes graduated from Lincoln University in 1929, and he continued to write books and other works of literature after his graduation.

            Hughes is still a vital part of World History today. People all around the globe continue to read and translate his literature. Langston Hughes’ legend will forever live on.

Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow. 
~Langston Hughes
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