Not So Simple: The "Simple" Stories by Langston Hughes


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The "Simple" stories, Langston Hughes's satirical pieces featuring Harlem's Jesse B. Semple, have been lauded as Hughes's greatest contribution to American fiction. In Not So Simple, Donna Akiba Sullivan Harper provides the first full historical analysis of the Simple stories. Harper traces the evolution and development of Simple from his 1943 appearance in Hughes's weekly Chicago Defender column through his 1965 farewell in the New York Post. Drawing on correspondence and manuscripts of the stories, Harper explores the ...

Not So Simple: The "Simple" Stories by Langston Hughes 1996, University of Missouri

ISBN-13: 9780826210883

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Not So Simple the "Simple" Stories by Langston Hughes 1995, University of Missouri Press

ISBN-13: 9780826209801