The Big Sea: An Autobiography

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: July 2011

Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes


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 poet--at the center of the 'Harlem Renaissance.'

Arnold Rampersad writes in his incisive new 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.'

Cover design by Sara Eisenman. Cover photograph by Roy DeCarava © Sherry Turner DeCarava


Big Sea: An Autobiography

by Arnold Rampersad, Langston Hughes

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Big Sea: An Autobiography, Arnold Rampersad, Langston Hughes