Langston Hughes

Not Without Laughter
  • Not Without Laughter

  • In a poor town in Kansas, an African American family struggles. At its centre sits Sandy Rodgers - a young boy attempting to find purpose amid the chaos, meagreness and music of his surroundings. His narrative intertwines with those of his family - his wandering father, his fervent grandmother, his blues-singing aunt - to create a brilliantly intricate portrait of Black life in the early twentieth century.

    Not Without Laughter, Langston Hughes' unforgettable debut novel, is a landmark in the history of a racially divided America and one of the jewels of the Harlem Renaissance.

Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance and one of the most influential and acclaimed American writers of the twentieth century. A renowned poet from a young age, Hughes' first collection of poetry, The Weary Blues, was published when he was just 24. He would go on to publish more than thirty-five books, including his award-winning debut novel, Not Without Laughter, and the short story collection, The Ways of White Folks. His widely-read journalism and nonfiction became important documents in the support and promotion of the civil rights movement.

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