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Early Autumn
Langston Hughes

Years after breaking up, Bill and Mary randomly meet on the street. Despite the time that has passed and the two of them having new partners and children, Mary still seems to be emotionally attached to Bill. But after a short exchange of words, they go their separate ways. This short story shows that what appears to be small talk on the surface can be packed with emotions, love and bitterness alike. Set in autumn, the falling leaves and cold weather reflects their complicated relationship.

· · 1950

Critical edition

Hughes, Langston. Early Autumn. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997. 2 pp., ISBN 9780809016037

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  • Classic
  • Explores historical contexts
  • Gender equality
  • Students can identify with the text