Simple's Uncle Sam: With a New Introduction by Akiba Sullivan Harper

Simple s Uncle Sam With a New Introduction by Akiba Sullivan Harper Langston Hughes s most beloved character comes back to life in this extraordinary collectionLangston Hughes is best known as a poet but he was also a prolific writer of theater autobiography and fi

  • Title: Simple's Uncle Sam: With a New Introduction by Akiba Sullivan Harper
  • Author: Langston Hughes Akiba Sullivan Harper
  • ISBN: 9780809086818
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Paperback
  • Langston Hughes s most beloved character comes back to life in this extraordinary collectionLangston Hughes is best known as a poet, but he was also a prolific writer of theater, autobiography, and fiction None of his creations won the hearts and minds of his readers as did Jesse B Semple, better known as Simple Simple speaks as an Everyman for African Americans in UnLangston Hughes s most beloved character comes back to life in this extraordinary collectionLangston Hughes is best known as a poet, but he was also a prolific writer of theater, autobiography, and fiction None of his creations won the hearts and minds of his readers as did Jesse B Semple, better known as Simple Simple speaks as an Everyman for African Americans in Uncle Sam s America With great wit, he expounds on topics as varied as women, Gospel music, and sports heroes but always keeps one foot planted in the realm of politics and race In recent years, readers have been able to appreciate Simple s situational humor as well as his poignant questions about social injustice in The Best of Simple and The Return of Simple Now they can, once again, enjoy the last of Hughes s original Simple books.

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    1. Incredible "every man" Jesse B. Semple's stories that open the minds and eyes of the people as much today as when they were originally published in weekly newspapers from 1943 through the '50s. While Hughes is more widely recognized for his poetry, "Simple" was an icon larger than Huck Finn and making many more social, political commentaries in a time when the world was receptive to actually listening.

    2. I enjoyed this even more than the last "Simple" collection I read. The pieces are amazingly relevant yet today. I nearly fell out of my seat when I read the opening of "For President" (written in the 1960s): "What is this the big shots are sayingere might be a Negro President in the year 2011 in the U.S.A huh?" Um, exactly! How cool that I read that THIS YEAR. So much wisdom and humor in these pages.

    3. This book was written in a clever way to discuss race relations in America. Cousin Minnie was my favorite character in the short stories.

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