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The Weary Blues. Knopf, 1926.

Fine Clothes to the Jew. Knopf, 1927.

The Negro Mother and Other Dramatic Recitations. N.Y.: Golden Stair Press, 1931.

Dear Lovely Death. Amenia, N.Y.: Troutbeck Press, 1931.

The Dream Keeper and Other Poems. Knopf, 1932.

Scottsboro Limited: Four Poems and a Play. N.Y.: Golden Stair Press, 1932.

A New Song. International Working Order, 1938.

Shakespeare in Harlem. Knopf, 1942.

Jim Crow's Last Stand. Atlanta: Negro Publication Society of America, 1943.

Freedom's Plow. N.Y.: Musette Publishers, 1943.

Fields of Wonder. Knopf, 1947.

One-Way Ticket. Knopf, 1949.

Montage of a Dream Deferred. Holt, 1951.

Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz. Knopf, 1961.

The Panther and the Lash: Poems of Our Times, 1967, reprinted, Vintage Books, 1992.

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes. Knopf, 1994.

The Block: Poems. N.Y.: Viking, 1995.

Carol of the Brown King: Poems. N.Y.: Atheneum Books, 1997.

The Pasteboard Bandit. N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 1997.


Not Without Laughter. Knopf, 1930, reprinted, Macmillan, 1986.

The Ways of White Folks. Knopf, 1934, reprinted, Random House, 1971.

Simple Speaks His Mind. Simon & Schuster, 1950.

Laughing to Keep from Crying. Holt, 1952.

Simple Takes a Wife. Simon & Schuster, 1953.

Simple Stakes a Claim. Rinehart, 1957.

Tambourines to Glory. John Day, 1958, reprinted, Hill & Wang, 1970.

Something in Common and Other Stories. Hill & Wang, 1963.

Simple's Uncle Sam. Hill & Wang, 1965.

The Return of Simple. Hill & Wang, 1994.

Short Stories of Langston Hughes. Hill & Wang, 1996.


A Negro Looks at Soviet Central Asia. Moscow and Leningrad: Co-operative Publishing Society of Foreign Workers in the U.S.S.R., 1934.

The Big Sea: An Autobiography. Knopf, 1940, reprinted, Thunder's Mouth, 1986.

(With Roy De Carava) The Sweet Flypaper of Life. Simon & Schuster, 1955, reprinted Howard University Press, 1985.

I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey. Rinehart, 1956, reprinted, Thunder's Mouth, 1986.

(With Milton Meltzer) A Pictorial History of the Negro in America. Crown, 1956. 4th Edition published as A Pictorial History of Black Americans, 1973. 6th Edition published as A Pictorial History of African Americans, 1995.

Fight for Freedom: The Story of the NAACP. Norton, 1962.

(With Meltzer) Black Magic: A Pictorial History of the Negro in American Entertainment. Prentice-Hall, 1967.

Black Misery. Paul S. Erickson, 1969, reprinted, Oxford University Press, 1994.


The Langston Hughes Reader. New York: Braziller, 1958.

Simply Heavenly. Book and lyrics by Hughes, music by David Martin. New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1959.

The Ballad of the Brown King. Libretto by Hughes, music by Margaret Bonds. New York: Sam Fox, 1961.

Five Plays by Langston Hughes. Edited by Webster Smalley. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1963.

Good Morning Revolution: Uncollected Social Protest Writings by Langston Hughes. Edited by Faith Berry. New York & Westport: Lawrence Hill, 1973.

Selected Children's Books

(With Arna Bontemps) Popo and Fifina: Children of Haiti. Macmillan, 1932, reprinted, Oxford University Press, 1993.

The First Book of Rhythms. F. Watts, 1954, also published as The Book of Rhythms, Oxford University Press, 1995.