His favorite books were written by American authors, including Hemmingway, Steinbeck, and Vernes. Gary Soto went on to attend California State University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s in creative writing in 1976. During that time he met and married his wife, Carolyn Oda, in 1975. Gary was only twenty-three years old at the time. Then in 1977, Gary published his first set of poems called The Elements of San Joaquin.
He got expelled from several private preparatory schools until he was enrolled at the Valley Forge Military Academy, where he graduated in June of 1936. This Academy holds importance because it provided the model of the preparatory school called Pencey Prep in Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye. Salinger began to write fiction at this time, usually under a blanket after lights out. He contributed to the school literary magazine and was the literary editor of the yearbook in his senior year. After financial struggles and downfalls, he attended Columbia University in 1939, where he took a class on short story writing, which was taught by Whit Burnett.
James Mercer Langston Hughes, better known as Langston Hughes was one of the most prominent authors in during the Harlem Renaissance. He was born on February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri to Carrie Langston and James Hughes, who both separated shortly after his birth. Hughes lived with his maternal grandmother, Mary, until thirteen when she died. He then moved in with his mother in Cleveland, Ohio. This is when he started writing poetry.
Sonny’s Blues is a short story written by Baldwin in 157. It is often included in anthologies of fiction in college literature seminars. At the age of 14, he became a member of a Pentecostal church in Harlem and started preaching at the same time. In 1948 he moved to Paris to escape the prejudices towards homosexuality and blacks in America. In 1963 he received the
Edwin Arlington Robinson was an American poet during the Modern Era in history. He was born on December 22nd, 1869 in Head Tide, Maine. He was the son of Edward Robinson, who was once a timber merchant, and Mary Elizabeth Palmer, who was once a civic leader. Robinson also had two elder brothers, Herman (who was destined to receive the fortune from the family) and Dean (who was destined to become a doctor). Many of Robinson’s poems are inspired by real life situations that occurred within his life.
Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston Massachusetts and began writing poems at the age of twenty two years old. He later went on to write “The Raven”, The Tell Tale Heart”, and many more well known pieces of literature throughout his life time. Unfortunately, Edgar Allan's writing career was cut short when he was pronounced dead on October 7th, 1849. Today his work still lives on. Many schools still refer to Edgars style of writing while teaching, and use his poems to express the genres of mystery and horror.
He was born on February 2, 1923 and died on January 19, 1997. In 1966, Dickey held the title as the United States Poet Laureate for the Library of Congress. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He also attended Vanderbilt University, receiving a degree in English and philosophy. Dickey worked in teaching and advertising before eventually becoming a writer.
This assignment, I'm going to discuss the poetry of Langston Hughes. This Harlem Renaissance was an early twentieth Century movements to be an artist. How they felt to be black and the meaning behind being black. How to be black, and how to be an American at the same time. Harlem Renaissance started after first War world, and didn't end until the Great Depression.
Theodor Suess Geisel was a poet, author, and screenwriter. He is better known a Dr.Suess. In Theodor´s senior year at Dartmouth College, Theodor added ¨doctor¨ to his name because his father hoped that his son would be a PhD. Instead Dr.Suess drop out. Dr.Suess was born on March 2, 1904, to Theodor Robert Geisel and Henrietta Suess Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Blake mentions “Less recognized are his contributions to the Communist press, especially his writings for the San Francisco-based People's World newspaper, for which he composed a regular column and cartoons for eighteen months” (Blake 184). Many also argued that this song should have been adopted as the American national anthem. It’s also known to young American children as a melody. This melody is sung to an existing tune of “When the World’s on Fire” by The Carter Family. Guthrie had written this song as a critical response to Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America”.
The money Hughes earned from the musical was enough to pay for a house in Harlem. He taught creative writing at Atlanta University and was also a guest lecturer at a Chicago university. During the last years of his life, Hughes went on to write a play which was the basis for the opera “Trouble Island”. He published “The Poetry of the Negro” as well as many other books in the “Simple” series and working on the English translation of the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca and Gabriela Misgtral. Langston Hughes died on May 22, 1967 from prostate cancer.
These were two issues of great difficulty in 1948 New York. He ended up leaving America and moving to France where he lived for most of his life. During the 1960s, Baldwin returned to the United States to help black Americans in their struggle for equality. He became friends with Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Baldwin wrote a massive essay "Down at the Cross" about the racial discontent of 1960s America. The essays were published in two special-sized issues of "The New Yorker" and garnered him the cover of "Time" in 1963.
As a major poet of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902~May 22, 1967) wrote how African Americans actually lived and spoke in many of his works, including his first poem published, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”. However, he was not just a poet, but also an author and playwright, writing Broadway plays and operas. His grandmother had inspired several of his later poems for she was the one who had truly taught him as a young boy, but Walt Whitman and Carl Sandburg were also some of Hughes’ greatest inspiration. While Hughes had several influences himself, as you have read, he also inspired many other people as well, including the people behind the Civil Rights movement.