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The Sweet Flypaper of Life by Roy DeCarava, Langston Hughes

The Sweet Flypaper of Life

Roy DeCarava, Langston Hughes

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Category: Poetry, Non-fiction
Imprint: David Zwirner
Publisher: David Zwirner
Publication date: 6 Sep 2018
ISBN: 9780999843826
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5 stars out of 5
Sean O'Hagan
30 Sep 2018

" 'a pioneering exercise in merging image and text'"


The story goes that Langston Hughes met Roy DeCarava by accident on a street corner in uptown Manhattan in 1954 and was so taken by his photographs of everyday life in Harlem that he took them straight to his publishers. Simon & Schuster agreed to go ahead only if Hughes, who by then had published several novels, plays and poems, provided an accompanying text. The result, which first appeared the following year, was a hybrid book that is now recognised as a pioneering exercise in merging image and text as well as a revealing glimpse into the everyday lives of Harlem’s black community.

Now reissued by David Zwirner Books, which recently took creative charge of the DeCarava estate, The Sweet Flypaper of Life continues to cast a singular spell....

 

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