Author: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

  • Langston Hughes Rides a Blue Note

    1989 Village Voice article by Henry Louis Gates Jr. about Langston Hughes

    The burden of the past plays itself out rather differently in the white and black literary traditions. For the scholar of West­ern literature, the authority of canonized texts and interpretations can hobble cre­ativity. How many years would it take just to read all the commentaries on Shake­speare, let alone make the corpus one’s own — […]