Thursday, June 2, 2011

Langston Hughes

I woke up this mornin'
'Bout half past three
All the womens in town
Was gathered round me
Sweet gals was a-moanin',
"Sylvester's gonna die!"
And a hundred pretty mamas
Bowed their heads to cry.
Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, in 1902.  Both his parents were of mixed racial origins -- he also had Native American ancestors, and a Jewish great-grandfather.  "Sylvester's Dying Bed" was written in 1931.  Some scholars believe Hughes was gay, but his primary biographer believes he was asexual.   

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