Not Without Laughter - Langston Hughes

Not Without Laughter

By Langston Hughes

  • Release Date: 2012-03-05
  • Genre: Classics
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 38 Ratings)


A shining star of the Harlem Renaissance movement, Langston Hughes is one of modern literature's most revered African-American authors. Although best known for his poetry, Hughes produced in Not Without Laughter a powerful and pioneering classic novel.
This stirring coming-of-age tale unfolds in 1930s rural Kansas. A poignant portrait of African-American family life in the early twentieth century, it follows the story of young Sandy Rogers as he grows from a boy to a man. We meet Sandy's mother, Annjee, who works as a housekeeper for a wealthy white family; his strong-willed grandmother, Hager; Jimboy, Sandy's father, who travels the country looking for work; Aunt Tempy, the social climber; and Aunt Harriet, the blues singer who has turned away from her faith.
A fascinating chronicle of a family's joys and hardships, Not Without Laughter is a vivid exploration of growing up and growing strong in a racially divided society. A rich and important work, it masterfully echoes the black American experience.


  • Excellent book by Langston Hughes

    By ModelChic2000
    Not Without Laughter is more than a coming of age novel about a young African American boy growing up in the early 1900s. Hughes also gives glimpses into the lives of his grandmother, a washer woman, Aunt Hager who raises him; his aunt Hariette, wild, free and unyielding, as well as his love sick mother, Anjee who frets after her wayward husband who travels often and leaves her home months at a time. The author gives a wonderful glimpse into the life of this family, as well as their struggles, fears and hopes. It is a must read!