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Author Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967.

Title The later Simple stories / Langston Hughes ; edited by Donna Akiba Sullivan Harper
Published Columbia, Mo. ; London : University of Missouri Press, 2002 (2002? printing)


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 346 pages)
Series Collected works of Langston Hughes ; v. 8
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967. Works. 2001 ; v. 8
Contents SIMPLE STAKES A CLAIM (1957) : Simple's platform -- Bang-up big end -- Big round world -- Duty is not snooty -- Great but late -- Bones, bombs, chicken necks -- A dog named Trilby -- Enter cousin Minnie -- Radioactive red caps -- Face and race -- Two sides not enough -- Great day -- With all deliberate speed -- Puerto Ricans -- Depression in the cards -- The Atomic age -- Minnie again -- Sketch for TV -- Sex in front -- Out-loud silent -- Color on the brain -- Vicious circle -- Jim Crow's funeral -- Again cousin Minnie -- Cellophane Bandannas -- Negroes and vacations -- Only human -- Name in print -- Golfing and goofing -- Reason and right -- Mississippi fists -- Minnie once more time -- Simple stashes back -- An auto-obituary -- Four-way celebrations -- Be broad-minded, please! -- Grammar and goodness -- Chips on the shoulder -- Jazz, jive and jam -- SIMPLE'S UNCLE SAM (1965) : Census -- Swinging high -- Contest -- Empty houses -- The blues -- God's other side -- Color problems -- The moon -- Domesticated -- Bomb shelters -- Gospel singers -- Nothing but a dog -- Roots and trees -- For president -- Atomic dream -- Lost wife -- Self-protection -- Haircuts and parts -- Adventure -- Minnie's hope -- Yachts -- Ladyhood -- Coffee break -- Lynn Clarisse -- Interview -- Simply Simple -- Golden Gate -- Junkies -- Dog days -- Pose-outs -- Soul food -- Play or pray? -- Not colored -- Cracker pray -- Rude awakening -- Miss boss -- Dr. Sidesaddle -- Wigs for freedom -- Concernment -- Statutes and Statues -- American dilemma -- Promulgations -- How old is old? -- Weight in gold -- Sympathy -- Uncle Sam. -- UNCOLLECTED STORIES : Remembrances -- Wigs, women, and falsies -- On women who drink you up -- Hairdos -- Cousin Minnie wins -- Riddles -- Color of the law -- Simple and the high prices -- Everybody's difference -- Intermarriage -- Liberals need a mascot -- Serious talk about the atom bomb -- Brianwashed -- Help, mayor, help! -- Little Klanny -- Simple's psychosis -- Simple arithmetic -- Africa's daughters -- African names -- Harems and robes -- Money and mice -- Population explosion -- Youthhood -- Hail and farewell
Summary In Volume 8 of The Collected Works of Langston Hughes, the genial Harlem everyman, Jesse B. Semple returns with his more cosmopolitan bar buddy, Ananias Boyd. Social climber Joyce Lane is now Mrs. Jesse B. Semple, and Simple has minimized his flirtatious contacts with other women. Despite these ongoing characters, the later Simple stories are very different from the earlier Simple tales. The later stories evoke the historical and social context within which they were written, a politically dangerous time for the fictional adventures and fantasies of the main characters. The Later Simple Stories returns to print Hughes's third and fourth Simple collections, Simple Stakes a Claim and Simple's Uncle Sam, along with some episodes Hughes did not include in any of his books. Simple Stakes a Claim was published in 1957, and it reflects the troubled and troublesome era of the Cold War and McCarthy hearings. Simple's Uncle Sam appeared in 1965, and it captures the turbulent decade when black Americans asserted their rights, including the privilege to call themselves "Black" and wear their hair in natural styles. The nonviolent strategies of civil disobedience and the violent strategies of urban rioting had converged to amplify African American voices as they demanded justice. The innocent humor of the earlier Simple stories is replaced here by new strengths. Remarkably powerful female characters emerge in this volume. We observe Cousin Minnie's self-preservation skills and her willingness to riot to defend her rights as a citizen. We read about Simple's cousin Lynn Clarisse, who is a social activist educated at Fisk University. And we see Joyce herself emerge from her prim niche to display pride and knowledge about her African heritage. The Later Simple Stories rounds out Hughes's presentation of Jesse B. Semple and the various people of his world. Simple and his foil still make us chuckle, but more important, they make us think. While these episodes often focus on particularities of the times, they also articulate broader truths that remain valuable
Analysis Litteratur Engelsk, amerikansk litteratur
Notes One of two editions with the same ISBN, both published by University of Missouri Press, 2002, both part of The collected works of Langston Hughes, 2001. This edition has xvi, 346 pages; the other has 384 pages
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Simple (Fictitious character) -- Fiction
African American men -- Fiction
FICTION -- General.
African American men
Simple (Fictitious character)
Genre/Form Fiction
Form Electronic book
Author Harper, Donna Sullivan
ISBN 0826263844