Friday, August 12, 2016

"Letters from Langston: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Red Scare and Beyond," University of California Press, February 2016

Letters from Langston: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Red Scare & Beyond
Langston Hughes (Author), Evelyn Louise Crawford (Editor), MaryLouise Patterson (Editor), Robin D.G. Kelley (Foreword)

MaryLouise Patterson writes in the Guest Book at

Hello: I have co-edited a book of correspondence 
between my and my co-editor's parents and 
Langston Hughes, entitled "Letters from Langston: 
From the Harlem Renaissance to the Red Scare 
and Beyond" and would like for you to review it 
and post it. It was published by Univ. CA Press in 
Feb. 2016. Yours, MaryLouise Patterson

University of California Press

Langston Hughes, one of America's greatest 
writers, was an innovator of jazz poetry and 
a leader of the Harlem Renaissance whose 
poems and plays resonate widely today. 
Accessible, personal, and inspirational, 
Hughes’s poems portray the African American 
community in struggle in the context of a 
turbulent modern United States and a rising 
black freedom movement. This indispensable 
volume of letters between Hughes and four 
leftist confidants sheds vivid light on his life 
and politics.

Letters from Langston begins in 1930 and ends 
shortly before his death in 1967, providing a 
window into a unique, self-created world where 
Hughes lived at ease. This distinctive volume 
collects the stories of Hughes and his friends in 
an era of uncertainty and reveals their visions 
of an idealized world—one without hunger, war, 
racism, and class oppression. 

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