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February 28, 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)

For more information click here: Langston Hughes Home, or click here for books by Langston Hughes and here for African-American Literature.

On This Day:
  • Comic novel, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, by English playwright and novelist, Henry Fieldings, is first published, 1749
  • The first edition of Finland's national epic, The Kalevala (known as The Old Kalevala), folk poems from Finland and Karelia collected, compiled and edited by Elias Lönnrot, is published, 1835
  • The non-existent word ("ghost word"), Dord, is found in the Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition, 1939; it was supposed to read "D or d" (for Density in chemistry) but was run-together as a single word: Dord
  • Richard Wright's Native Son, a novel about a young black American man, Bigger Thomas, is first published, 1940
  • Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian, writer (The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson, Cleopatra's Nose: Essays on the Unexpected, The creators: A history of heroes of the imagination), and Librarian of Congress, dies at age 89 , 2004
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Today's Birthdays:

  • John Tenniel (1820-1914), British illustrator, best known today as the illustrator for Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
  • Charles Blondin, born Jean Francois Gravelet (1824-1897), French tightrope walker and acrobat, famous for his 1100-foot crossing of Niagara Falls on a tightrope--a feat he performed a number of times with spectacular theatric variations
  • Zero (Samuel Joel) Mostel (1915-1977), American stage and film actor (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Fiddler on the Roof)
  • Lemony Snicket aka David Handler (b. 1970), fictional author and narrator of the A Series of Unfortunate Events books
  • Smarty Jones (b. 2001), American thoroughbred racehorse, winner of 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes
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