Who is the author of "Thank You M'am?"

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The author of the short story, “Thank You, M’am,” is Langston Hughes, 1902 -1967. Although he was born in Joplin, Missouri, due to family circumstances, he lived many places in his young life. While attending high school in Cleveland, Ohio, his teachers realized his writing potential. He was on the staff of, and his early work was published in the school literary magazine.

As a young adult he worked a variety of odd jobs including a number of years as a seaman. After returning from his sea travels, his book of poems The Weary Blues was published in 1926. He settled in Harlem where, through his works, Hughes gave a voice to African-American people of this era and later in life became known as the "Poet Laureate of the Negro Race." He often wrote his lyrical poetry with the thought that it would be set to music, especially jazz, which he experienced during the Harlem Renaissance.

Hughes wrote poetry, plays, short stories, and novels during his prolific, award-winning career. After he passed away in 1967, his home in Harlem was designed as a landmark by the New York Preservation Commission.