What are the best books by Langston Hughes?

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    #1The Ways of White Folks

    The Ways of White Folks

    The Ways of White Folks is a collection of short stories from African-American writer Langston Hughes depicting the interaction of black Americans with white Americans during the 1920s and the 1930s.

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    Bella Xu
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "This is an amazing book that is about the lives of African Americans in the united states. It is a very emotional and heart-wrenching book. It is definitely worth a read for anyone that wants to understand the things that African Americans have to go through in this country. "
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    #2Hughes: Poems

    Hughes: Poems
    Hughes: Poems is a collection of poems written by renowned African-American poet Langston Hughes. Similar to his other works, the poems are about the interaction of black and white people in America in the dawn of the 20th century.
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    Joshua Peterson
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "This is a smaller sized book and unless you have excellent eyesight, you might have problems reading the text. Otherwise, a solid choice for those of you who enjoy his works."
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    #3Laughing to Keep from Crying

    Laughing to Keep from Crying

    Laughing to Keep from Crying is a collection of stories written by renowned African-American poet and essayist Langston Hughes. The stories narrate the African-American life in the late 19th century and early 20th century.

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    Bobby Andrews
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "A great book by an awesome author! If you haven't read this one, give it a try. You won't be disappointed. "
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    #4The Negro Speaks of Rivers

    The Negro Speaks of Rivers

    The Negro Speaks of Rivers is the poem composed by Langston Hughes, the renowned African-American poet. It is about the strength and fortitude of the African-American people in America.

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    Amit Mittal
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "A friend who really loves this poem gave me a copy of this in hardcover and I can see why she finds it so moving. A special work of art that leaves its imprint on the soul, long after its been read."
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    #5Remember Me to Harlem

    Remember Me to Harlem

    Remember me to Harlem is a collection of letters written to each other by black writer Langston Hughes and white critic Carl Van Vechten, who both wanted to write about the developing black culture in the early stages of the 20th century.

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    Bruce Nichols
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "I read Remember Me to Harlem while on a long plane ride to California earlier this year and found the letters contained within this novel to be very heartfelt and really reflective of what it was like living in America within the 20th century. I also enjoyed the fact that I was able to get some foot notes and additional perspectives from both writers throughout this book. "
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    #6Simple Takes a Wife

    Simple Takes a Wife

    Simple Takes a Wife is one of the Simple Stories written by renowned African-American writer Langston Hughes about a fictional character named Jessie B. Semple, an everyday man in Harlem who likes to gives his side about any topic.

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    Peter Hicks
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "So glad I finally got to pick up and finish this book. My great grandmother used to mention it all the time and I had promised her that I'd read it. It was one of the first things I did after she passed. Worth it"
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    #7The Return of Simple

    The Return of Simple

    The Return of Simple is a collection of the appearance of the fictional character Jesse B. Semple in the column of Langston Hughes in the Chicago Defender in 1943. Many stories are about finding happiness in an era of chaos.

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    Brian Shaw
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "Langston Hughes will always be a favorite of mine and The Return of Simple contains some of his most beautiful, affecting stories of all. These are from a column he ran in the 1940s and reflect the upheaval of social change at the time. He manages to write about the world and the search for joy with understanding, compassion, and gorgeous prose. It's a journey through life, loss, and learning to be human that I highly recommend."
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    #8Simple's Uncle Sam

    Simple's Uncle Sam

    Simple's Uncle Sam is a collection of stories written by Langston Hughes, the renowned writer. The stories are about Jesse B. Semple and his layman's look at the world. It originally appeared on Hughes' column in the Chicago Defender.

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    Eugene Ortega
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "This is like recommending an artists greatest hits rather than naming their best albums. While it's in the ball park it's kind of giving a solution that will take longer (buying this solution to figure out the solution) rather than just googling or asking around which his best books are."
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    #9Not Without Laughter

    Not Without Laughter

    Not Without Laughter is a classic historical fiction novel written by Langston Hughes. This classic historical fiction novel was published on March 1, 1995 by Touchstone.

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    Katherine Baker
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I read Not Without Laughter many years ago and recently revisited it. It has earned a top spot on my list of all-time favorite books. Langston Hughes is a master of poetic, lively, and vivid prose. This book will make you howl with laughter and shake with sobs. It is a glorious work of American literature to be treasured."
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    #10I Wonder as I Wander

    I Wonder as I Wander

    I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey is the 14th in The Collected Works of Langston Hughes series written by Langston Hughes with an introduction by Arnold Rampersad. This book is about the life of the author in the 1930s.

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    Crystal Gutierrez
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book was just too boring for me. It couldn't hold my attention. I only read a few chapters before giving up on it."
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    #11The Collected Poems

    The Collected Poems

    The Collected Poems is a classic fictional poetry book written by Langston Hughes. This classic fictional poetry book was published on October 31, 1995 by Vintage Books and Random House Inc.

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    Ruth Carter
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This book will speak to your soul. His writing is deep and poetic. If you haven’t read any of Hughes work, this is a great place to get exposed. You’ll soon lose yourself in his characters. I found that I couldn’t stop reading at the end of each chapter and I would find myself sneaking a page in whenever I could. Do yourself a favor and read this today."

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Best What are the best books by Langston Hughes
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Ways of White Folks Books 24 Paid
2Hughes: PoemsBooks 22 Paid
3Laughing to Keep from CryingBooks 20 Paid
4The Negro Speaks of RiversBooks 20 Paid
5Remember Me to HarlemBooks 18 Paid
6Simple Takes a WifeBooks 17 Paid
7The Return of SimpleBooks 16 Paid
8Simple's Uncle SamBooks 14 Paid
9Not Without LaughterBooks 5 Paid
10I Wonder as I WanderBooks 3 Paid
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