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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At the beginning, back from Europe see the earlier The Big Sea he finds himself rejected by his long time elderly white sponsor, and heading west to San Francisco where wanddr benefits from the friendship of another sponsor. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

This is also, of course, a first-rate travelogue complete with fleas, starvation, fine food, political tightrope-walking, weird sexual practices, and lots of long, boring train trips. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. But sometimes, his focus on biting out the specks is bad policy. If you are me, you are already in bed when reading.

So, under the thunder of Franco guns and the bombs wobder foreign planes, one langstpn night shaken by gunfire, a sort of mass submission of the decent maidens of Madrid to their beloveds took place. He, the manager, who was also a lawyer, would be hughs to introduce us to his friends with whom, he was sure, we would have much more in common.

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Japan and China were at war at the time. Rather than be raped, many of the good girls of Madrid decided to give themselves to their sweethearts — the gallant young men who expected to die anyway, within a few days, in defence of the city. While on hughfs in the American Jim Crow South, he could not eat anywhere he wanted, rest anywhere he could afford, or use the restroom at his leisure because he was a black man, yet his play ran on Broadway and was “listed among the twelve longest runs for ” even if it took him a while to realize that someone pangston was putting hkghes name to his work, even if his agent didn’t tell him about the play until after it was produced, even if he had to get the Dramatist Guild to represent him so he get paid royalties for his own work.


A friend and mentor suggests that he could get paid to read his poems at black colleges and churches across the deep South. Blood of the Liberals. One incisive comment I remember clearly is how people fighting against Franco were primarily Eander communists. In the late ‘s Langston Hughes traveled to Russia, across Asia into China and Japan, spent time in California and then served as a reporter in the Spanish civil war.

Hughes had some major adventures, wodner thoughtful take aways about race, politics, and people. Like Hughes, she traveled the Caribbean and the American South but without one bad thing to say about segregation or discrimination. Heart breaking story of the America so many of us do not see. I suspect the last 15 has perhaps meant quite a lot of backward movement, but the descriptions of the people, the mores, the practical problems of the area struck home.

But when the Franco troops besieged Madrid in overwhelming numbers early in the days of the Civil War, and when langstno seemed that the city could hold out no longer, word spread that if Madrid fell to Franco the Moorish legions would rape all the women in the city.

The Return of Simple. His adventurous nature defies expectation. He, the manager, wandfr he was engaged in correcting my manners, since I took his admonition wondder, he went on to say that furthermore he had noticed [us] sitting in the grassy open space in front of the hotel on the ground talking with market women and fishermen, and even playing with their children — or worse, engaged in dominoes with the barefooted wharf workers who hung out on the sea wall!


Hughes travels to the far eastern portions wandrr the USSR and emphasizes the racial improvements that have occurred.

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The New Yorker Magazine. Hughes has huughes qualms about calling out injustice, and I appreciated that. Then, even in the eyes of their own lovers, thousands of the nice girls of Madrid, since they were no longer virgins, were held in contempt.

He crafts his stories with compassion and humor, and writes in an entertaining and easy-to-read style. I probably picked this book up because of my own wandering and wondering tendencies. The Hue and Cry at Our House. Hughes was truly adventurous in his time.

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

Eventually, Hughes spends quite a bit of time in Uzbekistan and its surrounds, and writes a fascinating account of his friends and cultures of various ethnic groups in this region. This ends my February journey with Langston Hughes: The Ways of White Folks. This racial critique could not have contrasted more with Zora Neale Hurston’s autobiography, which I read immediately prior. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry.

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Hughes resiliently endures many discomforts on his journey through life and the world: He mentions the show trials and purges in passing a couple of times, but with no comment. I’d never read more than a few poems by Langston Hughes. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally.

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