James Langston Hughes And Countee Cullen

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James Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen were prominent poets. These poets were at the time of the Harlem Renaissance during the 20th century. Hughes and Cullen wrote for others to understand the stories of African-Americans living in the United State. These men had differences in their writing, but one mutual objective. James Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri on February 1, 1902. Hughes began writing poetry when he lived in Lincoln, Illinois. The Weary Blues was his first book of poetry and it was published in 1926. Hughes attended Columbia University and Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, which is where he finished his college education. Hughes first novel won the Harmon gold medal for literature in 1930. His novel was called, Not Without Laughter. Hughes died from prostate cancer in New York on May 22, 1967.
Countee Cullen was born on March 30, 1903 in Louisville, Kentucky. Cullen was adopted by the Reverend Frederick A. and Carolyn Belle Cullen before 1918. Details on certain aspects of Cullen’s life are unsure. Cullen first went by the name Countee Porter then Countee P. Cullen and eventually stayed at Countee Cullen. Cullen began writing poetry while he attended DeWitt Clinton High School. Cullen’s poem “I have a Rendezvous with Life” won him his first contest. Cullen attended Phi Beta Kappa from New York University, then earned a master’s degree in English and French from Harvard. Cullen died on January 9, 1946 from high blood pressure and uremic…
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