In I Wonder as I Wander, Langston Hughes vividly recalls the most dramatic and intimate moments of his life in the turbulent s. In I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey, Langston Hughes recounts his travels during the ‘s through the United States, Mexico, and Cuba. Essays and criticism on Langston Hughes’ I Wonder as I Wander – Critical Essays .

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Maybe he was busy with other projects by then, or felt that the earlier decades were filled with the most wonxer adventures of a full life. If anyone is interested in his memoirs, I would suggest starting with The Big Seamy favorite of the two, since that first Volume of his memoirs is more poetically inclined than this one, and is more about s America, the Harlem Renaissance, and the start of this travels through Europe.

He traveled to the South in the US because he wanted to see sharecroppers and cotton plantations. Jun 07, Patricia rated it really liked it.

His trajectory is inspired by an interest in folk traditions of the African diaspora. Lists with This Book. In the second of his two autobiographies, the richly talented Langston Hughes recounts his remarkable travels during the s. First of all, I knew next-to-nothing about Langston Hughes when I picked up this book, so I was surprised at the volume of international travel it contained. Notes of a Native Son.

But he was writing the book just as the McCarthy hearings were climaxing or ending, so one has to read this as the book of someone who had testified but not defied McCarthy; Hughes was criticized for being almost cooperative. Like Hughes, she traveled the Caribbean and the American South but without one bad thing to say about segregation or discrimination. This book was originally published in I found myself much more interested in this period of his life than I expected!


I read this to learn from lsngston man lajgston works is often relegated to America and the race lanyston, but one who is in fact world-rounded; one who, like Hemingway of his time, traveled the world, from Africa to Asia Soviet Asiathe Caribbean to Europe, from where he wrote numerous articles, stories, plays, poems, and reportage.

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A can-do spirit informs just about everything Hughes undertakes, whether he’s cobbling together speaking engagements at black colleges lanbston the South, trying to get back from Cuba, or figuring out how to visit China despite the red tape. His adventurous nature defies expectation. He went to Berlin to get his Soviet visa.

They mix with all classes of society and are therefore most dangerous. The Story of a Decade.

I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey by Langston Hughes

Everywhere he goes, his manner is open-hearted Feb 25, Caroline rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Korean War and Aftermath. Cover design by Sara Eisenman. Coming back to the States, Hughes finds himself short of cash and, encouraged by Mary McLeod Bethune, embarks on on nationwide poetry-reading tour of black colleges, culminating in San Francisco.

The Hue and Cry at Our House. Hughes vividly captures all the danger, uncertainty, and frenzy of wondef world at that time. He met the most interesting people there and also considered the parallels between the blacks in the racist American Hughss and the Hughess who were downtrodden members of the Soviet Union. Over the years, I had often thought to read something by Hughes. May 29, Drick rated it really liked it Shelves: Everywhere he met old friends and made many new ones both at home and abroad.

He saw parts of the Soviet Union the Soviets did n’t want outsiders to see.

Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. It’s no surprise that Franco won, really. I am the darker brother. His influence on Black world literature is immense. He begins with a short chapter about travels in Cuba and Haiti, where he goes to recover from confusion and sadness after being abandoned by his former patroness.


I listened to this as an audio book and had to make sure to take notes every once in a while as I am reading for book club. The project gets stalled for weeks on end but the group gets paid well to hang out at a first-class hotel in Moscow, being wined and dined by the Socialist Intelligentsia for anti-Capitalist propaganda purposes. He kept marveling at how, when he was there, the native people of Central Asia no longer had their version of the Jim Crow laws to deal with. As biographer Arnold Rampersad observes in his introduction, H A delightful book.

This is a wonderful book and a pleasure to read from beginning to end. Nowadays our biggest problems seem to be whether we can get a wi-fi connection but in those days even finding a good quality pencil to write with was a challenge for Hughes! He meets everyone there is to meet during the thirties, either introduced or fortuitously ending up destitute in the same spot and encountering another artist.

Most people elsewhere knew so too.

I think the interesting piece is about Langston Hughes’s observations comparing life in the countries he is living for the underclass, how people of color are treated and how blacks are treated in the US. What is it about art that calms the soul and rejuvenates the mind? Langston Hughes covered a lot of ground in the s and s and saw a lot of places that are still difficult for people to travel to. He was glad he did because everywhere he drove her from Florida to Washington DC they were fed well by her admirers.

Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and columnist.

He noted the similarities and differences in how he was treated in the various countries he visited.

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