Not Without Laughter Langston Hughes
Author: Langston Hughes (1902–1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance in New York City. He famously wrote about the period that "the negro was in vogue", which was later paraphrased as "when Harlem was in vogue"
Publisher/Date: Westavaco, Christmas 1997 Limited Edition.
Format/Condition: Gently used hardcover book in slipcase in Very Good condition. Bookmark. Binding good; textblock strong; pages clean and unmarked. 326 pages. Dimensions: 6 x 9 1/2 inches. frontis and endpaper illustrations from work of Jacob Lawrence.
Laid in is an unattached bookplate with the book's title and author and it has a name typed in on one line and then a signature at the presented by line.
Description: "Not Without Laughter" is the debut novel by Langston Hughes published in 1930. In the novel, Hughes, the great early twentieth century American novelist, poet and playwright, presents the story of Sandy Rogers, a young black boy in the early 1900s growing up in the Midwest.
Hughes has said that the novel is semi-autobiographical, and that a good portion of the characters and setting included in the book are based on his memories of growing up in Lawrence, Kansas. Hughes has said about "Not Without Laughter:" "I wanted to write about a typical Negro family in the Middle West, about people like those I had known in Kansas. But mine was not a typical Negro family."