Poet, playwright, novelist, and public figure, Langston Hughes is regarded as a cultural hero who made his mark during the Harlem Renaissance. A prolific author, Hughes focused his writing on discrimination in and disillusionment with American society. His most noted works include the novel ""Not Without Laughter"", the poem ""The Negro Speaks of Rivers,"" and the essay ""The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain"", to name just a few. ""Langston Hughes, New Edition"" features compelling critical essays that create a well-rounded portrait of this great American writer. An introductory essay by Harold Bloom and a chronology tracing the major events in Hughes' life add further depth to this newly updated study tool.