Introduction by Arnold Rampersad.
Langston Hughes, born in 1902, came of age early in the 1920s. In "e;The Big Sea"e; he recounts those memorable years in the two great playgrounds of the decade--Harlem and Paris. In Paris he was a cook and waiter in nightclubs. He knew the musicians and dancers, the drunks and dope fiends. In Harlem he was a rising young poet--at the center of the "e;Harlem Renaissance."e;
Arnold Rampersad writes in his incisive new introduction to "e;The Big Sea,"e; an American classic: "e;This is American writing at its best--simpler than Hemingway; as simple and direct as that of another Missouri-born writer...Mark Twain."e;