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February 1, 2015

Literary Landmarks: Langston Hughes House

TheMount The Langston Hughes House is significant as home of James Langston Hughes (1902-1967), author, poet and one of the foremost figures in the Harlem Renaissance. This house on East 127th Street in Harlem is where the American poet Langston Hughes lived for the last 20 years of his life. It is the only residence he occupied for any significant length of time and is the most tangible symbol of his association with Harlem, so vital to his literary career. Although frequently away, he always returned to Harlem. His poetry and prose are dominated by images of Harlem. Nicknamed the “Poet-Laureate of Harlem” Hughes depicts Harlem best in his most notable volume of verse, Montage of a Dream Deferred (1951)

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On This Day:
  • Chinese pirate Koxinga seizes island of Taiwan after a nine-month siege, 1662
  • Supreme Court of the United States convenes for the first time in New York City, 1790
  • Alexander Selkirk, Scottish castaway sailor, model for Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, is rescued from remote island off west coast of Chile, 1709
  • Oxford English Dictionary (OED) first part, or fascicle A-ANT, is published, after over 25 years in preparation, by James A.H. Murray, 1884
  • Puccini's La bohème premieres in Turin, Italy, conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini, 1896
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  • Charles Bernard Nordhoff (1887-1947), Novelist. Born in London, United Kingdom.
  • Langston Hughes (1902-1967), Poet. Born in Joplin, MO.
  • S. J. Perelman (1904-1979), Humorous. Born in Brooklyn, NY.
  • Muriel Spark (1919-2006), Novelist. Born in Edinburg, United Kingdom.

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