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Langston Hughes was an African American writer whose poems, columns, novels and plays made him a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. He was the first black man inducted into The American Poets’ Corner at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in 1996. The Cathedral’s American Poets Corner is modeled on the Poets’ Corner at Westminster Abbey. No writers are entombed within the Cathedral, as is sometimes the case at Westminster Abbey; rather, stone tablets are carved with names, dates, and a line from each writer’s work. This link is a short biography from the Academy of American Poets that includes a selected bibliography of his work.
[Published Winter 2020]