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Nadine Cohodas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807872437

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882740_cohodas

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. Respect ~ December 14, 1961–December 1962 ~

. Respect ~ December 14, 1961–December 1962 ~

(p.121) 11. Respect ~ December 14, 1961–December 1962 ~
Princess Noire

Nadine Cohodas

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on Langston Hughes, who brought Nina into the circle of black talent that headed to Lagos December 13. Their friendship had blossomed during the 1960 Newport festival, and ever since the two had kept in touch. Langston periodically sent Nina books along with an occasional invitation to dinner at his Manhattan apartment, these missives filled with the panache of his other writings. Nina was especially sorry to miss the one that featured homecooked “coon—not a possum but a COON,” Langston promised, “that a friend brought us from ‘Down South.’” The AMSAC meetings provided Nina entree to New York's black intellectuals, and it was hardly surprising that she was drawn to James Baldwin.

Keywords:   Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Nina, black talent, Lagos, Newport festival

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