Langston Hughes

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Blues for an Alabama Sky review – Harlem renaissance drama is a tale for our times
A group of friends in 1930s New York pursue diverging dreams in a transfixing production of Pearl Cleage’s play directed by Lynette Linton

Claire Armitstead

05, Oct, 2022 @11:17 AM

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Where to start with: Langston Hughes
The leader of the Harlem Renaissance wrote poems and plays, short stories and children’s books. If you’re new to Hughes’ work, here are some good places to begin

Malik Al Nasir

28, Sep, 2022 @9:35 AM

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Salman Rushdie and Bernardine Evaristo on shortlist for more diverse UK exam texts
OCR board asks teachers to vote on books to make A-level and GCSE English courses more inclusive

Richard Adams Education editor

01, May, 2021 @8:55 AM

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The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett review – a twin's struggle to 'pass' for white
The author of The Mothers brings fresh sensitivity to the subject of African Americans ‘passing’ in this engrossing novel

Michael Donkor

04, Jun, 2020 @6:30 AM

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Street Scene review – full justice for murder in Manhattan
Opera North’s striking production of Kurt Weill’s opera is beautifully achieved with moments of dramatic fire

Tim Ashley

19, Jan, 2020 @4:07 PM

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The Sweet Flypaper of Life by Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes – review
This singular hybrid of photography and poetry captures 50s Harlem on the brink of change

Sean O'Hagan

30, Sep, 2018 @6:00 AM

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Langston Hughes 'born a year before accepted date', researcher finds
Poet researching archives of local African American newspaper finds story reporting on ‘little Langston’ before his recorded birth date

Alison Flood

10, Aug, 2018 @12:41 PM

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Books to give you hope: Staying Alive – Real Poems for Unreal Times
In a rotten year, when public language has been poisoned by politics and prejudice, the personal integrity of poetry can keep us going

Anita Sethi

01, Sep, 2016 @8:00 AM

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'The legacy Langston left us': Harlem artists hope to reclaim Hughes home
Renée Watson and other artists want to turn the historical Langston Hughes house into a not-for-profit collective to preserve Harlem’s cultural legacy

Tom Kutsch in New York

23, Aug, 2016 @1:59 PM

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Poster poems: politics
As bruising electoral battles rage on around us, it’s a good time to remember that poets can raise their voices for public causes, too. Please add your voice below

Billy Mills

06, May, 2016 @8:00 AM

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Ice-T and Ron McCurdy review – a raging, inspired revival that would make Langston Hughes proud
The thinking man’s gangsta rapper and jazz trumpeter prove that the poet’s performance piece Ask Your Mama is as relevant today as it was in 1960

John Lewis

22, Nov, 2015 @12:51 PM

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Top 10 literary biographies
From Shakespeare to Shelley, Edith Wharton to VS Naipaul … literature’s greats have biographies to match

Jay Parini

16, Sep, 2015 @2:40 PM

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