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'Selected Letters of Langston Hughes' a glimpse of enigmatic poet
'Selected Letters of Langston Hughes' a glimpse of enigmatic poet

In 1960, the NAACP presented its highest honor — the Spingarn Medal — to poet and activist Langston Hughes. In accepting, Hughes made a point to give credit where he believed it was most due: "I can accept this only in the name of the Negro people who have given me the materials out of which my poems and stories, plays and songs have come." Hughes wasn't just a voice for "Negro America," but an ear — one finely tuned and sensitive — trained on some of the country's most remote and forgotten corners. For five decades, he listened: recording the rhythms, reach and richness of the black experience with the dedication of an anthropologist...

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