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Which Sin to Bear?: Authenticity and Compromise in Langston Hughes

David E. Chinitz


This book explores Langston Hughes’s efforts to mediate problems of identity and ethics he faced as an African-American professional writer and intellectual. Determined on a literary career at a time when no African American had yet been able to live off his or her writing; constrained by poverty, racism, and lack of opportunity; and pressed by the hopes, expectations, and demands of readers and critics of all stripes, Hughes had to rely on his dexterity as a mediator among competing positions in order to preserve his art, his integrity, and his unique status as the literary voice of ordinary ... More

Keywords: Hughes Langston, African-American literature, Harlem Renaissance, poetry, blues, compromise, ethics, race, authenticity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199919697
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199919697.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David E. Chinitz, author
Loyola University