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DeCarava, Roy & Langston Hughes, The Sweet Flypaper of Life, New York, Simon & Schuster, 1955, first printing, 12mo (7" x 4.75"), SB, b/w photographic paper wraps w/ white titles, G+ / none. Covers chipped and quite edgeworn, extremities chipped, somewhat soiled, owner.

98 pp. Profuse b/w photos. "The Sweet Flypaper of Life" describes, in words and pictures, what the authors have seen and known and felt deeply about their people. Life in Harlem may be hard: getting up each morning and going to work, knowing that today will be like yesterday and tomrorow. Yet there are rewards, moments -- a man walking in the sun, a woman laughing, couples in the park, the watering of a garden on a window sill, a father's touch, a child's glance. 'We've had so many books about how bad life is,' Langston Hughes says. 'Maybe it's time to have one showing how good it is.'"

Listed in Andrew Roth’s, The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the 20th Century.    [Book ID # 1031]


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