Items from "Langston Hughes": 10

Langston Hughes Writes To The Theatre Union Regarding "Harvest"

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Langston Hughes replied to the multiple requests from The Theatre Union for a new play with a letter outlining what would eventually be called "Harvest."

Solicitation for A Hughes Play by The Theatre Union

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Langston Hughes was contacted by The Theatre Union in 1933 in hopes of producing one of his plays; his response marked on the bottom right indicated he was working on a play with Ella Winter.

Playbills from Moscow Brought Back by Hughes in 1933

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Langston Hughes returned from a trip to Russia, China, and Japan in 1933 having attended many performances – including the Moscow Theatre Festival.

Hughes in Carmel c. 1933

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Langston Hughes poses for a portrait on the back steps of his place of residence in Carmel.

Langston Hughes in Carmel c. 1933

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A photo of Hughes taken in 1933 on the beach in Carmel.

Draft of "Blood on the Fields" Ending

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A draft ending of Langston Hughes' play Harvest (at this time known as "Blood on the Fields").

Chronological Summary of San Joaquin Valley Cotton Pickers Strike

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Langston Hughes and Ella Winter compiled a chronology of the 1933 cotton pickers strike in the San Joaquin Valley, using article clippings from newspapers.

Farm Owners in Order of Appearance

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Langston Hughes wrestled with the individual pathologies of his characters, including the farm owners.

Sketch of Act I Scene 5, Harvest

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Langston Hughes created overviews of each scene with information about the major themes and action.