This collection of forty-seven stories written between 1919
and 1963--the most comprehensive available--showcases Langston
Hughes's literary blossoming and the development of his personal
and artistic concerns. Many of the stories assembled here have long
been out of print, and others never before collected. These
poignant, witty, angry, and deeply poetic stories demonstrate
Hughes's uncanny gift for elucidating the most vexing questions of
American race relations and human nature in general.