The Sweet Flypaper of Life

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Howard University Press, 1955 - History - 112 pages
2 Reviews
Photographs and text describe daily life in Harlem during the early 1950s, and focus on families and street scenes

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User Review  - Dan - Goodreads

This is more than a photo book. Langston Hughes has taken some of Roy DeCarava's photos and written a story about them. It's an illustrated story, in other words, but the photos had existed before the story. It's an interesting take on the photo book and I would reread this in the future. Read full review

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User Review  - Linda - Goodreads

beautiful photographs accompanied by a sweet prose-poem text. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
38
Section 2
48
Section 3
70
Copyright

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About the author (1955)

Langston Hughes, February 1, 1902 - May 22, 1967 Langston Hughes, one of the foremost black writers to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance, was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Mo. Hughes briefly attended Columbia University before working numerous jobs including busboy, cook, and steward. While working as a busboy, he showed his poems to American poet Vachel Lindsay, who helped launch his career. He soon obtained a scholarship to Lincoln University and had several works published. Hughes is noted for his depictions of the black experience. In addition to the black dialect, he incorporated the rhythms of jazz and the blues into his poetry. While many recognized his talent, many blacks disapproved of his unflattering portrayal of black life. His numerous published volumes include, "The Weary Blues," "Fine Clothes to the Jew," and "Montage of a Dream Deferred." Hughes earned several awards during his lifetime including: a Guggenheim fellowship, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Grant, and a Spingarn Medal from the NAACP. Langston Hughes died of heart failure on May 22, 1967.

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