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[Langston Hughes: A Biography is] acceptable only by default, as there is little material in libraries on this most important Black writer…. Accurate as far as it goes, this covers most of Hughes' work and includes bibliographies both of it and of studies on the author. But Hughes deserves better than the informal but plodding style which characterizes this pedestrian portrayal of him.

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Bruce L. MacDuffie, in his review of "Langston Hughes: A Biography," in School Library Journal, an appendix to Library Journal (reprinted from the January, 1969 issue of School Library Journal, published by R. R. Bowker Co./A Xerox Corporation; copyright © 1969), Vol. 15, No. 5, January, 1969, p. 85.

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