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Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes

James Mercer Langston Hughes was born on February 1st in 1902, in the small town of Joplin, Missouri. James (Langston) Hughes grew up in a series of small towns in the Midwest, Langston spends much of his childhood being raised by his grandmother after his father leaves and divorces his mother. Langston moves back in with his mother in Cleveland, Ohio, during high school. Hughes’ spending most of his life without a father figure moves with his father to Mexico shortly after finishing high school in 1920. Langston’s father decides he will pay for his college at Columbia University if he enrolls for engineering. Langston leaves the University in 1922 after maintaining a B+ average, to a neighborhood near Harlem, were he starts his real poetry writing. Hughes traveling to West Africa and most of Europe, finding inspiration for his works. Shorty after Langston moves back to the States to live with his mother in D.C. and shows his works to Vachel Lindsay, a poet, and begins to start a collection of his works, mainly poetry. After his earlier work has been published he enrolls in Lincoln College, a notorious black college. After writing many plays, books and poems, Langston Hughes dies on May 22 1967 after complications of abdominal surgery.
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