Langston Hughes Literary Qualities

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Following the classic pattern of biographical form, Meltzer proceeds in a generally chronological fashion, presenting Hughes's early years and initial education as a background for the formation of his character, then turning to the development of his craft, and eventually following Hughes's literary career through its rather uneven stages of accomplishment. By juxtaposing the text of some of Hughes's poems with descriptions of the personal experiences that inspired them, Meltzer demonstrates how an artist transforms life in art.

The thrust of the narrative provides a general sense of social progress and details Hughes's widening reputation as a writer, but both Hughes's life and work are marked by setbacks and reverses.

Nonetheless, as the narrative advances, an optimistic tone informs the action so that Hughes's life is offered as a successful and ultimately satisfying artistic struggle.

Meltzer renders a faithful account of the facts and spirit of Hughes's life...

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