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The Weary Blues

The Weary Blues

by Langston Hughes

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Websites

Modern American Poetry

Good information on the musical tradition behind "The Weary Blues."

Library of Congress

A Huge amount of background on the Harlem Renaissance.

Langston Hughes at 100

This is a Yale website complete with photos, manuscripts, and audio.

Poets.org

Great background to The Weary Blues collection of poems.

Video

Reading of "The Weary Blues"

This is a good example of a reading to music and a montage of the touristy era of Harlem.

Read by Langston Hughes

This is a more upbeat version of the poet reading his own poem.

Bio and more Poetry

This is a seven minute video biography with another, more upbeat version of Hughes reading "The Weary Blues" with piano accompaniment.

Audio

When the Weary Blues met Jazz
Poetry off the Shelf show on Hughes's collaboration with jazz musicians.

Images

The Weary Blues

This is the cover of the first edition of Langston Hughes's first collection of poetry.

The Poet Himself

Here is a picture of a younger Langston Hughes.

Books

The Big Sea

This is Hughes's autobiography that he first published in the 1940s.

Langston Hughes: A Biography

This is a more recent bio on the poet by Laurie F. Leach.

Langston Hughes & The Blues

Steven C. Tracey provides information on the influence of the blues tradition on Hughes.

Movie or TV Productions

Salvation, 2003
A film based on The Big Sea, Hughes's autobiography.
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