The American Academy of Poets has a brief biography of Langston Hughes, along with a selected bibliography and links.
Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 228: Twentieth-Century American Dramatists, Second Series. A Bruccoli Clark Layman Book. Edited by Christopher J. Wheatley, The Catholic University of America. The Gale Group, 2000. Pp. 116-127.
Howard University has a web site titled "A Centennial Tribute to Langston Hughes."
The Modern American Poetry site provides a biography of Langston Hughes, an excellent bibliography of his work, and links to sites that can provide a context for Hughes's poetry.
The Nation has posted Langston Hughes's article titled "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain," which originally appeared in the June 23, 1926 issue of The Nation.
The National Endowment for the Arts and the University of Kansas provides the "Langston Hughes National Poetry Project - Speaking of Rivers: Taking Poetry to the People." Quoting the site: "'Speaking of Rivers' builds on the success of the centennial activities, especially the reassessment of Hughes's literary and cultural importance and the growing popularity of poetry by providing opportunities for reading, listening to, and talking about poetry and its role in American culture. It takes poetry beyond the classroom and the academy, brings poets in contact with larger and more diverse audiences, and helps restore poetry to a place of importance."
Red Hot Jazz features a profile of Hughes written by Andrew P. Jackson in which Hughes is quoted on being a poet, philosophy, and on the influence of music - particularly jazz - on his work.
Teacher Resource File on Langston Hughes provides a large number of lesson plans, E-texts, criticism, biography, and bibliography links. The site is provided by the Internet School Library Media Center.
Thomas Hampson's I Hear America Singing web site features a profile of Langston Hughes. Also on that web site is a biography of Vachel Lindsay.
Selected Books about Langston Hughes
Authors & Artists for Young Adults, Volume 12. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1994.
Emanuel, James, Langston Hughes. Boston, MA: Twayne, 1967.
Hughes, Langston, I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey. New York, NY: Rinehart, 1956, reprinted, Thunder's Mouth, 1986.
Hughes, Langston, The Big Sea: An Autobiography. New York, NY: Knopf, 1940 reprinted, Thunder's Mouth, 1986.
Rampersad, Arnold, The Life of Langston Hughes: 1902-1941, I, Too, Sing America, Volume 1; 1914-1967, I Dream A World, Volume 2. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Smith, Jessie Carney, editor, Notable Black American Men. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1999.