A rare and exceptional recording of Langston Hughes reading his own poetry, as well as his own commentary and reflections, on CD for the first time!Collection includes: One Way Ticket - The Negro Speaks of Rivers - Puzzled - Trumpet Player - Ballad of the Gypsy - Kid Sleepy - Southern Mammy Songs - Migrant - Mama and Daughter - Sylvester's Dying Bed - Intern at Provident Hospital - Merry-Go-Round - Ku Klux Klan - The South - Mulatto - Out of Work - The Explanation of Our Times - Dinner Guest: Me - Cultural Exchange - Along with commentary and reflections from the author
by Langston Hughes
by Jamie Langston Turner
by Dean Hughes
"This recording offers the opportunity to hear Langston Hughes relate his experiences and explain his influences and approaches to poetry, as well as to enjoy his readings of his work. His voice is gentle and lively when speaking of his personal experiences. His voice for reading is more sonorous and reminiscent of the phrasing of the blues. Students, scholars, and aficionados of poetry, blues, jazz, and African-American history will value this significant primary source. Hearing Hughes describe his inspiration for "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" is a history lesson in itself, which his reading augments. The spirit of the poet, his ability to observe human behavior yet not despair, and his "bluesification" of his experiences into poetry are beautifully captured in this truly essential recording. R.F. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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