early autumn by Langston Hughes 早秋兰斯顿休斯原文及作者简介经典古诗词|诗歌大全来源： http://shicimingju.cn/shige/ 2020-11-06 05:44诗词鉴赏 747 ℃
When Bill was very young, they had been in love. Many nights they
had spent walking, talking together. Then something not very important
had come between them, and they didn't speak. Impulsively, she had
married a man she thought she loved. Bill went away, bitter about
Yesterday, walking across Washington Square, she saw him for the
first time in years.
He stopped. At first he did not recognize her, to him she looked so
Unconsciously, she lifted her face as though wanting a kiss, but he
held out his hand. She took it.
A great many people went past them through the park. People they
didn’t know. It was late afternoon. Nearly sunset. Cold.
“We have three children. I work in the bursar’s office at Columbia.”
“You’re looking very…” (he wanted to say old) “…well,” he said.
She understood. Under the trees in Washington Square, she found
herself desperately reaching back into the past. She had been older than
he then in Ohio. Now she was not young at all. Bill was still young.
live on Central Park West,she said. and see us
“Sure,” he replied. “You and your husband must have dinner with
my family some night. Any night. Lucille and I’d love to have you.”
The leaves fell slowly from the trees in the Square. Fell without wind.
Autumn dusk. She felt a little sick.
Suddenly the lights came on up the whole length of Fifth Avenue,
chains of misty brilliance in the blue air.
He held out his hand.
lights on the avenue blurred. And she was afraid to open her mouth as
she entered the bus. Afraid it would be impossible to utter a word.
Suddenly she shrieked very loudly, “Good-bye!” But the bus door
The bus started. People came between them outside, people
crossing the street, people they didn't know. Space and people. She lost
sight of Bill. Then she remembered she had forgotten to give him her
address—or to ask him for his -- or tell him that her youngest boy was
named Bill, too.
1. way downtown: 在市中心
2. Columbia: Columbia University
3. Central Park West: 中央公园西部，纽约住宅区。
4. Fifth Avenue: 第五大道，纽约繁华的商业区。
Langston Hughes (1902-1967) 兰斯顿-休斯
James Langston Hughes, American black poet, playwright, and novelist,
one of the major members of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. He
was born in Joplin, Missouri. His parents divorced when he was very
small. Hughes once served a merchant seaman, a chef (in Paris), and a
beachcomber (in Italy and Spain). His other travels include trips to
Europe and Africa.
Hughes began writing poetry in high school, and was selected “Class
Poet”. The summer after he graduated, he published his famous poem
a young man working as a waiter in a hotel, he showed some of his
poems to a guest, the eminent poet, Vachel Lindsay. Lindsay
enthusiastically introduced the poems to a literary gathering at the hotel
and Hughes’s first book, The Weary Blues, was published as a result of
the encouragement he received from Lindsay. In 1926 he enrolled at
Lincoln University, where he graduated in 1929, the same year he
finished his first novel. He became a well-known writer ever since.
Langston Hughes was a prolific writer. In the forty-odd years between his
first book in 1926 and his death in 1967, he devoted his life to writing
and lecturing. He wrote sixteen books of poems, two novels, three
collections of short stories, four volumes of and
fiction, twenty plays, children's poetry, musicals and
operas, three autobiographies, a dozen radio and television scriptts and
dozens of magazine articles. In addition, he edited seven anthologies.
Hughes’ distinguished works includes: Not Without Laughter (1930);
The Big Sea (1940); I Wonder As I Wander (1956), his autobiographies.
His major collections of poetry include: The Weary Blues (1926); The
Dream Keeper (1932); Shakespeare In Harlem (1942); Fields of Wonder
(1947); One Way Ticket (1947); The First Book of Jazz (1955); and Selected
Poems (1959). One of his best-written short story collections is The Way
of White Folks (1934). He also edited several anthologies in an attempt to
popularize black authors and their works. Hughes’ writings have been
translated into more than 25 languages.
Langston Hughes died on 22 May 1967, at the age of 67, in a hospital in
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