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By Langston Hughes, Joseph McLaren

I ponder As I Wander is the second one quantity of Langston Hughes's autobiography, taking on the place the massive Sea ended. overlaying the interval from his twenty-ninth 12 months to his thirty-fifth yr, this quantity, which was once initially released in 1956, is full of vibrant snap shots of the folks and areas Hughes encountered in the course of his travels worldwide.

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Some of the men who spoke English translated for me. Most of the songs were risqué in an ingenious folk way. One thing that struck me was that almost all the love lyrics were about the charms of mi negra, my black girl, mi morena, my dark girl, my chocolate sweetie or my mulatto beauty, plainly described as such in racial terms. These dusky nuances, I notice, are quite lost in the translations that Broadway makes of Cuban songs for American consumption. As the night laughed on and big stars sparkled lazily over the festive courtyard, some of the men of the party explained to me that within the house there were rooms with big old-fashioned beds to which one might retire.

In Carmel, Hughes again faced the Scottsboro issue and met Ella Winter, with whom he would later collaborate on the play Harvest (also known as Blood on the Field), about migrant laborers in the San Joacquin Valley. During Hughes’s California stay, he also met boxer-writer Jim Tully and fighter Henry Armstrong and visited Arna Bontemps, his literary ally and confidant with whom he coauthored a children’s book set in Haiti, Popo and Fifina (1932). Despite the personal loss of his father and the dilemmas surrounding the 1935 Broadway premiere of Mulatto—the controversial banned play about mixed-race issues—produced by Martin Jones and starring Rose McClendon, Hughes pursued his international career as a journalist by covering the Spanish Civil War for the Baltimore Afro-American.

As a teacher answered his knock on the classroom door, I heard the singing stop. ” I was struck dumb with shyness. I had no idea my name would be known in Florida—other than to Mrs. Bethune herself whom I had once met at Columbia University. Some of the students came running down the stairs, followed by the teacher, and I was greeted with open arms. We were shown to Mrs. Bethune’s house across the campus where she welcomed us graciously, although she was not forewarned of our visit. Food was prepared and a guest room put at our disposal.

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