A guest post from John Mark Reynolds, President of The Saint Constantine School and editor of The Great Books Reader.
Langston Hughes (1902-1967) is the greatest American literary talent: poet, essayist, short-story author, and novelist.
Joseph Smith sells more books, but lacks his artistry.
Mark Twain is more frequently read, but he was no poet.
James Fennimore Cooper is one long series of adjectives.
Moby Dick is a great book, but Melville is not as consistently readable as Hughes.