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112 pages : chiefly illus. First edition. "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 tomorrow. Yet there are rewards, moments – a man walking in the sun, a woman laughing, couples in the part, the watering of a garden on a windowsill, 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." - From the dust jacket

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New York : Simon and Schuster, 1955


Simon and Schuster


New York


photography; hardcover books; New York, New York, United States; African Americans; Harlem, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States; poetry; hope



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