In addition to poems and plays and stories, Langston Hughes also wrote letters — a lot of letters. The letters — compiled for the first time in Selected Letters of Langston Hughes — offer insight into a man deeply devoted to his craft, and chronicle his often tumultuous personal and professional relationships.
"He was an inveterate letter writer," Arnold Rampersad, co-editor of the compilation, tells NPR's Rachel Martin. "He would write sometimes 30 or 40 working late into the night, into the early morning. He believed in letters and he also saved them."
And if you love to read letters, NPR has a selection of collections of letters in honor of Black History Month.