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Book Title: The Ways of White Folks: Stories|
The author of the book: Langston Hughes
Date of issue: September 7th 2011
ISBN 13: 9780307806574
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It is time Langston Hughes’ reputation be salvaged. Too often, he is thought of as the queer, black poet from Harlem. What Hughes is, is a hugely talented writer, period.
My previous encounters with Langston Hughes had been with his poetry, of which I’m a fan. His stories were a revelation to me. By the time I finished the last page, I was emotionally shattered by these stories. That's how powerful a writer Hughes is.
This collection of short stories is a perfect introduction to Hughes’ work. These stories are heart wrenching, painful, and occasionally humorous. The plots are surprising, and the characters very unusual. If you truly want to understand the objectification of Blacks, read this book. It was very eye opening. What saddens me is that over 80 years later this objectification still takes place in the United States.
Of the 14 stories here my favorites are:
• "Cora Unashamed"
• "Slave on the Block"
• "The Blues I'm Playing"
• "Poor Little Black Fellow"
• "One Christmas Eve"
• "Father and Son"
There is not a weak story in this entire collection. I've read that Hughes was greatly influenced by D. H. Lawrence and his passionate, socialist beliefs when he wrote these stories. While these things may have influenced Hughes' writing in the 1920's, these stories come out of the painful experiences Hughes and blacks in general experienced in America at that time and all too sadly, today.
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Read information about the authorLangston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry. Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "Harlem was in vogue."
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