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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (512 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Langston Hughes, Arnold Rampersad Narrator: Dominic Hoffman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Langston Hughes, born in 1902, came of age early in the 1920s. In The Big Sea he recounts those memorable years in the two great playgrounds of the decade--Harlem and Paris. In Paris he was a cook and waiter in nightclubs. He knew the musicians and dancers, the drunks and dope fiends. In Harlem he was a rising young poet--at the center of the "Harlem Renaissance."

Arnold Rampersad writes in his incisive new introduction to The Big Sea, an American classic: "This is American writing at its best--simpler than Hemingway; as simple and direct as that of another Missouri-born writer...Mark Twain."

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gilbert Garcia | 1/20/2014

    " I thought It was a enjoying collection of his Memoirs,short stories and poetry and showed his genuine talent of poetic and biographical literacy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by EclecticReaderGirl | 1/2/2014

    " Most people know Langston Hughes as a famous poet. While he does shows his poetic side in this autobiography through vivid sensory detail and poems, he also shows other sides to himself. He travels to Mexico, Africa, Italy, and Spain to work and soak in the culture. He revels and participates in the Harlem Renaissance in New York. Most importantly, he takes pride in his race and fights for its voice while appreciating other cultures, despite the prejudice and racism he endures in America and abroad. This autobiography shows Langston Hughes not merely as a poet or a black person, but as a human being striving to live life to the fullest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maria Elena | 1/2/2014

    " This is one of my favorite books of all time. Langston Hughes had a remarkable life, and reading about it in his own unmistakeable prose is truly a treat for the soul. Pick this up and his other autobiographical masterpiece, I Wonder As I Wander. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Avigail | 12/1/2013

    " Full disclosure: I listened to the audiobook. I loved The Big Sea for providing a little window into the Harlem Renaissance history that I already know so well. "

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