The Weary Blues
ISBN: 0385352972
EAN13: 9780385352970
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 10, 2015
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 7.5" L x 5.65" W
Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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With a new introduction by poet and editor Kevin Young, this celebratory edition of The Weary Blues reminds us of the stunning achievement of Langston Hughes.

Hughes--who was just twenty-four at the time of The Weary Blues's first appearance--spoke directly, intimately, and powerfully of the experiences of African Americans at a time when their voices were newly being heard in American literature, beginning with the opening Proem (prologue poem)--I am a Negro: / Black as the night is black, / Black like the depths of my Africa.

As the legendary Carl Van Vechten wrote in a brief introduction to the original 1926 edition, His cabaret songs throb with the true jazz rhythm; his sea-pieces ache with a calm, melancholy lyricism; he cries bitterly from the heart of his race . . . Always, however, his stanzas are subjective, personal, and, he concludes, they are the expression of an essentially sensitive and subtly illusive nature. That illusive nature darts among these early lines and begins to reveal itself, with precocious confidence and clarity.

In a new introduction to the work, the poet and editor Kevin Young suggests that Hughes from this very first moment is celebrating, critiquing, and completing the American dream, and that he manages to take Walt Whitman's American I and write himself into it. We find here not only such classics as The Read More chevron_right

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