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Rampersad, Arnold

Works: 140 works in 602 publications in 4 languages and 33,138 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Poetry  Biographies  History  Folklore  Music  Juvenile works  Fiction  Blues poetry  Short stories 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Interviewee, win, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Other, Thesis advisor, Annotator, Redactor, Contributor
Classifications: PS3515.U274, B
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Most widely held works about Arnold Rampersad
Most widely held works by Arnold Rampersad
The life of Langston Hughes by Arnold Rampersad( Book )

42 editions published between 1968 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,817 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles one of the most extraordinary writers of the twentieth century, from his birth in Missouri in 1902, through his journeys around the world to the winter of 1941, providing insights into his political views
Days of grace : a memoir by Arthur Ashe( Book )

26 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 3,700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A remarkable and inspiring memoir by a remarkable and inspiring human being: Arthur Ashe, embodiment of courage and grace in every aspect of his life, from his triumphs as a great tennis champion and his determined social activism to his ordeal in the face of death, a casualty of AIDS. As he brings us into his childhood in Richmond, Virginia, where he was born in 1943, where his mother died when he was six, and where he was raised by a loving but demanding father who set before his son the goals of self-reliance, discipline, and responsibility. He recalls his exit from the then segregated South and his entry into the world of tennis: a black intruder in an all-white enclave, experiencing from the start every variety of rude or "polite" exclusion and yet becoming, despite it, one of his generation's great players. He takes us inside the tennis world of his championship years and his captaincy of the Davis Cup team. He describes the full emotional shock of the discovery in 1988, in the aftermath of a brain operation, of his infection with AIDs - an infection that was traced back to a transfusion after a heart bypass operation in 1983. He tells what took place when he confided his condition to his wife and to a few close friends and colleagues. And he fully recounts for the first time what happened when, in April 1992, the possibility of a newspaper report forced him to reveal his illness to the world, the ordeal that ensued, and his feelings about it. We see how, during the last five years of his life, Ashe devoted the brilliance and strength that had made him a great tennis champion to the championship of great causes: justice for black men and women, the fight against all prejudice, the battle against AIDS, and active opposition to South Africa's apartheid and to U.S. policy toward Haitians seeking asylum here. With a quiet and moving openness Ashe talks about the athlete's life and about his contemporaries on the tennis court, among them Billie Jean King, Jimmy Connors, and John McEnroe. He gives us vivid images of the separate worlds of men and women on the tour. He addresses straightforwardly the subject of sexual promiscuity in the world of professional sport and the controversies over educational standards for college athletes. He tells us about the burden of race he felt throughout his life, about the comfort he found in his religion and in the spiritual life, about his passionate devotion to his wife and daughter, about the people he has known, about himself. This is the story of a life too soon ended - a memoir that will endure
The collected poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes( Book )

40 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and held by 3,451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here, for the first time, is a complete collection of Langston Hughes's poetry - 860 poems that sound the heartbeat of black life in America during five turbulent decades, from the 1920s through the 1960s. The editors, Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel, have aimed to recover all of the poems that Hughes published in his lifetime - in newspapers, magazines, and literary journals, and in his books of verse. They present the poems in the general order in which Hughes wrote them, and also provide illuminating notes and a chronology of the poet's life. Arnold Rampersad, the author of the esteemed two-volume biography of Langston Hughes, has written a perceptive and moving introduction that throws light on Langston Hughes's distinctive voice as a poet and the world in which he lived
Jackie Robinson : a biography by Arnold Rampersad( Book )

15 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and held by 2,876 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Details the life of the first African American to play baseball in the major-leagues, Jackie Robinson
Ralph Ellison : a biography by Arnold Rampersad( Book )

16 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 2,056 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The definitive biography of an important American cultural intellectual of the twentieth century--Ralph Ellison, author of the masterpiece Invisible Man. In 1953, Ellison's explosive story of a young black man's search for truth and identity catapulted him to national prominence. Ellison earned many honors, but his failure to publish a second novel, despite years of striving, haunted him for the rest of his life. Rampersad, the first scholar given complete access to Ellison's papers, provides a complex portrait of an unusual artist and human being. This biography describes a man of magnetic personality who counted Saul Bellow, Langston Hughes, Robert Penn Warren, Richard Wright, Richard Wilbur, Albert Murray, and John Cheever among his closest friends; a man whose life and art were shaped mainly by his unyielding desire to produce magnificent art and by his resilient faith in the moral and cultural strength of America.--From publisher description
Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 1,969 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A brief profile of African American poet Langston Hughes accompanies some of his better known poems for children
The Oxford anthology of African-American poetry by Arnold Rampersad( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 1,949 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A literary portrait of contrasting visions and styles covers the key issues important to the African-American experience, including poetry on slavery, the South, protest and resistance, music and religion, spirituality, sexuality and love, and the idea of Africa
The life of Langston Hughes by Arnold Rampersad( )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 1,425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The second volume in this biography finds Langston Hughes rooting himself in Harlem, receiving stimulation from his rich cultural surroundings. Here he rethought his view of art and radicalism and cultivated relationships with younger, more militant writers such as Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison
Mules and men by Zora Neale Hurston( Book )

7 editions published between 1935 and 2008 in English and held by 1,385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of African-American folklore, oral histories, sermons, and songs, dating back to the time of slavery
Short stories by Langston Hughes( Book )

10 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and held by 1,278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a collection of stories written between 1919 and 1963 that follow Hughes' literary development and the growth of his personal and political concerns
The collected works of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The eighteen volumes are published with the goal that Hughes pursued throughout his lifetime: making his books available to the people. Each volume will include a biographical and literary chronology by Arnold Rampersad, as well as an introduction by a Hughes scholar lume introductions will provide contextual and historical information on the particular work
Selected Letters of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes( Book )

10 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first comprehensive selection from the correspondence of the iconic and beloved Langston Hughes. It offers a life in letters that showcases his many struggles as well as his memorable achievements. Arranged by decade and linked by expert commentary, the volume guides us through Hughes's journey in all its aspects: personal, political, practical, and--above all--literary. His letters range from those written to family members, notably his father (who opposed Langston's literary ambitions), and to friends, fellow artists, critics, and readers who sought him out by mail. These figures include personalities such as Carl Van Vechten, Blanche Knopf, Zora Neale Hurston, Arna Bontemps, Vachel Lindsay, Ezra Pound, Richard Wright, Kurt Weill, Carl Sandburg, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Jr., Alice Walker, Amiri Baraka, and Muhammad Ali. The letters tell the story of a determined poet precociously finding his mature voice; struggling to realize his literary goals in an environment generally hostile to blacks; reaching out bravely to the young and challenging them to aspire beyond the bonds of segregation; using his artistic prestige to serve the disenfranchised and the cause of social justice; irrepressibly laughing at the world despite its quirks and humiliations. Venturing bravely on what he called the "big sea "of life, Hughes made his way forward always aware that his only hope of self-fulfillment and a sense of personal integrity lay in diligently pursuing his literary vocation. Hughes's voice in these pages, enhanced by photographs and quotations from his poetry, allows us to know him intimately and gives us an unusually rich picture of this generous, visionary, gratifyingly good man who was also a genius of modern American letters
The art and imagination of W.E.B. Du Bois by Arnold Rampersad( Book )

22 editions published between 1976 and 1990 in 3 languages and held by 1,127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Slavery and the literary imagination( Book )

12 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 937 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Melville's Israel Potter: a pilgrimage and progress by Arnold Rampersad( Book )

7 editions published in 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

African American poetry( Book )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collection of poems by African-American poets, including Lucille Clifton, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Elizabeth Alexander
Richard Wright : a collection of critical essays( Book )

6 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The collected works of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes( )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The collected works of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes( )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Harlem renaissance by Nathan Irvin Huggins( )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A finalist for the 1972 National Book Award, hailed by The New York Times Book Review as "brilliant" and "provocative," Nathan Huggins' Harlem Renaissance was a milestone in the study of African-American life and culture. Now this classic history is being reissued, with a new foreword by acclaimed biographer Arnold Rampersad. As Rampersad notes, "Harlem Renaissance remains an indispensable guide to the facts and features, the puzzles and mysteries, of one of the most provocative episodes in African-American and American history." Indeed, Huggins offers a brilliant
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The collected poems of Langston Hughes
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Days of grace : a memoirThe collected poems of Langston HughesJackie Robinson : a biographyRalph Ellison : a biographyLangston HughesThe Oxford anthology of African-American poetryThe life of Langston HughesMules and men