James Langston Hughes, better known as Langston Hughes, was born February 1, 1902, in Joplin, MO; died May 22, 1967, of congestive heart failure in New York, NY. He was a poet, novelist, short story writer, playwright, song lyricist, radio writer, translator, author of juvenile books, and lecturer.
Muriel Spark was born Muriel Sarah Camberg on February 1, 1918, in Edinburgh, Scotland; died April 14, 2006, in Florence, Italy. She married Sydney Oswald Spark in 1937. Spark began writing seriously after the war, under her married name, beginning with poetry and literary criticism. In 1947, she became editor of the Poetry Review. Her first novel, The Comforters, was published in 1957.
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