Alternative title: james mercer langston hughes langston hughes , in full james mercer langston hughes , (born february 1, 1902, joplin , missouri , us—died may 22, 1967, new york , new york), american writer who was an important figure in the harlem renaissance and made the african american experience the subject of his writings, which ranged from poetry and plays to novels and newspaper columns. Langston hughes poems & works 'the weary blues' in november 1924, hughes returned to the united states and worked various jobs in 1925, he was working as a busboy in a washington, dc hotel restaurant when he met american poet vachel lindsay.
James mercer langston hughes (february 1, 1901 – may 22, 1967) was an american poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from joplin, missouri he moved to new york city as a young man, where he made his career. Born in joplin, missouri, james langston hughes was the great-great-grandson of charles henry langston (brother of john mercer langston, the first black american to be elected to public office.
Langston hughes, whose full name was james mercer langston hughes, was born in 1902 in joplin, missouri he was the only son of james nathaniel hughes and carrie mercer langston his parents divorced when he was young and his father moved to mexico. Charles and mary's daughter caroline was the mother of langston hughes langston hughes was born in joplin, missouri, the second child of school teacher carrie (caroline) mercer langston and james nathaniel hughes (1871–1934) langston hughes grew up in a series of midwestern small towns.
Langston hughes - poet - a poet, novelist, fiction writer, and playwright, langston hughes is known for his insightful, colorful portrayals of black life in america from the twenties through the sixties and was important in shaping the artistic contributions of the harlem renaissance.
Hughes received a ba in 1929 and a littd in 1943 except for travels to the caribbean and west indies, harlem was hughes' primary home for the rest of his life hughes achieved fame as a literary luminary during the harlem renaissance of the 1920s in 1930 his first novel, not without laughter, won the harmon gold medal for literature.