Historic Recordings: Langston Hughes
English Language Arts
Click here to access the historic recordings of Langston Hughes as well as a brief biography of this author.
Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was the first African-American writer in the United States to earn his living from writing. From this page, you can hear the voice of Langston Hughes reading two of his poems, "I, Too" and "The Negro Speaks of Rivers."
Poetry Archive exists to help make poetry accessible, relevant and enjoyable to a wide audience. It came into being as a result of a meeting, in a recording studio, between Andrew Motion, soon after he became U.K. Poet Laureate in 1999, and the recording producer, Richard Carrington. They agreed about how enjoyable and illuminating it is to hear poets reading their work and about how regrettable it was that, even in the recent past, many important poets had not been properly recorded.
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