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The weary blues

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subject_facetAmerican poetry -- African American authors
title_displayThe weary blues
title_fullThe weary blues / Langston Hughes ; introduction by Carl Van Vechten ; with a new foreword by Kevin Young
The weary blues / by Langston Hughes ; with an introduction by Carl Van Vechten
title_shortThe weary blues
topic_facetAfrican American authors
American poetry