The Ways of White Folks

The Ways of White Folks

Summary

THE CELEBRATED SHORT STORY COLLECTION FROM THE AMERICAN POET AND WRITER OFTEN CALLED THE 'POET LAUREATE OF HARLEM'

'Powerful, polemical pieces' New York Times

One of the most important writers to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes is best known as a pioneer of jazz poetry, but the stories in his 1934 collection, The Ways of White Folk, showcase his talent as a dynamic storyteller. Sometimes humorous, sometimes violent, but more often tragic, these poignant stories explore the tension that arises when the pretense of cordiality between Black and white Americans breaks down. Blending elements of blues and jazz, speech and song, into a triumphant and wholly original idiom The Ways of White Folk is a masterpiece of 20th century American literature.

About the author

Langston Hughes

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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