Langston Hughes | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Arnold Rampersad

This literature criticism consists of approximately 13 pages of analysis & critique of Langston Hughes.
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Critical Essay by Arnold Rampersad

SOURCE: "Langston Hughes and His Critics on the Left," in The Langston Hughes Review, Vol. 5, No. 2, Fall, 1986, pp. 34-40.

In the following essay, Rampersad argues that the Leftist critics failed Hughes.

Radicalism is one of the main points of pressure in Langston Hughes's reputation, like—for example—the question of whether or not he believed in God, or whether or not he was a communist. The matter of radicalism has left a specific wound, one never to be healed completely, on his reputation. His virtual surrender before Senator Joseph McCarthy's committee lingers uncomfortably in the mind, as well as his omission of W.E.B. DuBois and Paul Robeson from certain of his writings later in his life, in the aftermath of his encounter with McCarthy. My purpose here is to look at one aspect...

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