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Vintage Hughes is a collection of poems and prose excerpts by the great African American poet Langston Hughes. The poems included in the collection are representative of Hughes' literary career, which spanned from the 1920s to the 1960s. Hughes was perhaps the central figure of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 30s, the cultural movement which saw an explosion of black literary creativity centered in New York City, and which was an expression of racial pride that often combined with progressive politics to champion not only the cause of the continually-oppressed black American, but also that of all the marginalized groups who were taught from birth to be ashamed of their identity. Many literary critics have called into question the enduring literary value of Hughes' poetry, which must be acknowledged to be derivative. But though Hughes was no Sandburg or Whitman, the...

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