Langston Hughes and the South African Drum Generation: The Correspondence

Hardcover | August 18, 2010

EditorS. Graham, J. Walters

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In 1953 African-American poet Langston Hughes began corresponding with several South African writers variously affiliated with the legendary Drum magazine. Published here for the first time, these letters provide an invaluable glimpse into the growing repression of South African apartheid and the slow but painful progress of the American Civil Rights movement. Revealing a fascinating set of transatlantic friendships between a titan of American letters and a group of writers that includes Peter Clarke, Todd Matshikiza, Bloke Modisane, Ezekiel Mphahlele, Peter Abrahams, and Richard Rive, this volume highlights Hughes’s enormous influence on the rise of English-language literature by black and mixed-race writers in South Africa.

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In 1953 African-American poet Langston Hughes began corresponding with several South African writers variously affiliated with the legendary Drum magazine. Published here for the first time, these letters provide an invaluable glimpse into the growing repression of South African apartheid and the slow but painful progress of the Americ...

Shane Graham is Associate Professor of English at Utah State University and the author of South African Literature after the Truth Commission: Mapping Loss (Palgrave 2009).  John Walters is a graduate student at Indiana University, where he is an Associate Instructor in the English Department.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:August 18, 2010Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:023010293X

ISBN - 13:9780230102934

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Table of Contents

Introduction: “Come On Here!” * Bibliography/Further Reading * 1953-1954 * 1955-1959 * 1960-1961 * 1962 * 1963-1967

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“This is an intriguing and invaluable book. Graham and Walters have unearthed a trove of correspondence which, for many years to come, will be a touchstone for scholars of African-American and African literatures and cultures. The book offers a moving account of the emergence of a transnational dynamic of encouragement and practical support among African diasporic writers.”—Rob Nixon, Rachel Carson Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison