By Langston Hughes, Emily Bernard, Carl Van Vechten
Langston Hughes is extensively remembered as a celebrated celebrity of the Harlem Renaissance -- a author whose bluesy, lyrical poems and novels nonetheless have huge charm. What's much less popular approximately Hughes is that for a lot of his lifestyles he maintained a friendship with Carl Van Vechten, a flamboyant white critic, author, and photographer whose ardent aid of black artists was once peerless.
Despite their transformations -- Van Vechten used to be forty-four to Hughes twenty-two once they met--Hughes' and Van Vechten's shared curiosity in black tradition result in a deeply-felt, if unconventional friendship that may span a few 40 years. among them they knew every person -- from Zora Neale Hurston to Richard Wright, and their letters, lovingly and expertly gathered the following for the 1st time, are packed with gossip concerning the antics of the nice and the forgotten, in addition to with speak that ranged from race kin to blues lyrics to the nightspots of Harlem, which they either enjoyed to prowl. It's a correspondence that, as Emily Bernard notes in her creation, presents "an strange checklist of leisure, politics, and tradition as visible in the course of the eyes of 2 interesting and irreverent males.