Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Big Sea: An Autobiography
Langston Hughes

£12.99

Langston Hughes, born in 1902, came of age early in the 1920s. In The Big Sea he recounts those memorable years in the two great playgrounds of the decade – Harlem and Paris. In Paris he was a cook and waiter in nightclubs. He knew the musicians and dancers, the drunks and dope fiends. In Harlem he was a rising young poe – at the center of the Harlem Renaissance.

Arnold Rampersad writes in his introduction to The Big Sea, “an American classic: This is American writing at its best – simpler than Hemingway; as simple and direct as that of another Missouri-born writer… Mark Twain.”

Paperback, 368pp
Hill & Wang, 1993 (1940)
ISBN 9780809015498