Beale Street Love
by Langston Hughes
Beale Street Love Resources
A street isn't a street until it gets its own website.
Got a hankering for some Hughes?
The bluesy thoroughfare, then and now.
If you find yourself still hungry for more on Hughes, check out the first part of this documentary, and then click through to the other parts.
We couldn't find a reading of "Beale Street Love" (if you find one, by all means, let us know), but here you can listen to Hughes read one of his most famous poems. He even tells the story of the poem's creation at the beginning of the clip.
He was a lover of jazz, so it's no surprise that Hughes collaborated with jazz musicians Charles Mingus and Leonard Feather. Listen to the fruits of their labor here.
The poet, typing away.
Can you hear the music yet?
In the mood to binge on Hughes? Every last poem he wrote is in this book.
Got the blues? Everyman's Library is here to help.
Movies & TV
Add screenwriter to the list of Hughes' many talents. He cowrote this 1939 flick about slavery in the American south.
Langston Hughes' papers are kept at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University. Fancy, right? You can take a peek at some of the photos and documents they have collected, including early drafts of poems with Hughes' own handwriting.