The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Amherst, New York: Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? In Hughes began writing a column for the African American newspaper the Chicago Defenderwhich was the leading black paper in the country and was read nationwide. Notify me of new comments via email. The Guggenheim Fellowship allowed Hughes to travel to Russia during a time of upheaval in that region.
From this early period in his life, Hughes would cite as influences on his poetry the American poets Paul Laurence Dunbar and Carl Sandburg.
But he viewed their struggle not only as a battle against racism, but also as part of a crusade for economic justice and equality:. The following year, Hughes enrolled in Lincoln Universitya historically black university in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Black literary critics argued that these talented writers could contribute more by countering the prevailing negative depictions of blacks with more positive images of black culture. Langston Hughes as a baby 2.
Hughes's earlier work had been published in magazines and was about to be collected into his first book of poetry when he encountered poet Vachel Lindsaywith whom he shared some poems.