Langston Hughes

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Noun1.Langston Hughes - United States writer (1902-1967)
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A number of the titles of Hughes' poems play with a variation on the word "dream," such as "Dream," "Dreams," "Dream Variations," "Dream Boogie," "Dream Boogie: Variation," "Dream Dust," "The Dream Keeper," "Dream of Freedom," "Dreamer," "I Dream a World," "Montage of a Dream Deferred," and "Slum Dreams." Most often in Hughes's poetry, the word "dream" does not refer to dreams in the literal sense, but rather in the metaphorical sense of hope and aspirations.
With Dream Boogie, Guralnick takes a similar approach with a much more elusive figure; Sam Cooke may be a familiar name to many, but his story may not be.
Plenty of other accounts of gospel/soul singer Sam Cooke have been written before, so at first glance the need for yet another in Dream Boogie: The Triumph Of Sam Cooke seems illogical, even redundant--but wait, there's more depth and detail here than in others.
Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke by Peter Guralnick Little, Brown and Company, October 2005 $27.95, ISBN 0-316-37794-5