African American Writers
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Langston Hughes at Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC - 1925
In 1925 Langston Hughes was working as a busboy at Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. He took the job to support himself while writing. By this time, "Weary Blues" and other poems had already been published in magazines and newspapers.
Langston Hughes was a prolific writer. In the forty-odd years between his first book in 1926 and his death in 1967, he devoted his life to writing and lecturing. He wrote sixteen books of poems, two novels, three collections of short stories, four volumes of "editorial" and "documentary" fiction, twenty plays, children's poetry, musicals and operas, three autobiographies, a dozen radio and television scripts and dozens of magazine articles.