The Sweet Flypaper of Life softcover

This fourth printing, the Heritage Edition, is the first authorized English-language edition since 1983 and includes an afterword by Sherry Turner DeCarava tracing the history and ongoing importance of this book.

Author: Roy DeCarava

Publisher: David Zwirner Books

ISBN: 0999843818

Category: Art

Page: 106

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“The people in these photographs had no walls up. They just accepted me and permitted me to take their photographs without any self-consciousness.” —Roy DeCarava. The Sweet Flypaper of Life is a “poem” about ordinary people, about teenagers around a jukebox, about children at an open fire hydrant, about riding the subway alone at night, about picket lines and artist work spaces. This renowned, life-affirming collaboration between artist Roy DeCarava and writer Langston Hughes honors in words and pictures what the authors saw, knew, and felt deeply about life in their city. Hughes’s heart-warming description of Harlem in the late 1940s and early 1950s is seen through the eyes of one grandmother, Sister Mary Bradley. As she guides the reader through the lives of those around her, we imagine the babies born, families in struggle, children yet flourishing. We experience the sights and sounds of Harlem as seen through her learned and worldly eyes, expressed here through Hughes’s poetic prose. As she states, “I done got my feet caught in the sweet flypaper of life and I’ll be dogged if I want to get loose.” DeCarava’s photographs lay open a world of sense and feeling that begins with his perception and vision. The ruminations go beyond the limit of simple observation and contend with deeper meanings to reveal these individuals as subjects worthy of art. While Hughes states “We’ve had so many books about how bad life is, maybe it’s time to have one showing how good it is,” the photographs bring us back to this lively dialogue and a complex reality, to a resolution that stands with the optimism of the photographic medium and the certainty of DeCarava’s artistic moment. In 1952 DeCarava became the first African American photographer to win a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. The one-year grant enabled DeCarava to focus full time on the photography he had been creating since the mid-1940s and to complete a project that would eventually result in The Sweet Flypaper of Life, a moving, photo-poetic work in the urban setting of Harlem. DeCarava compiled a set of images from which Hughes chose 141 and adeptly supplied a fictive narration, reflecting on life in that city-within-a-city. First published in 1955, the book, widely considered a classic of photographic visual literature, was reprinted by public demand several times. This fourth printing, the Heritage Edition, is the first authorized English-language edition since 1983 and includes an afterword by Sherry Turner DeCarava tracing the history and ongoing importance of this book.

Langston Hughes

Brown University The Sweet Flypaper of Life, Langston Hughes's 1955 collaboration with photographer Roy DeCarava, has not received critical attention, though it was, as Arnold Rampersad points out, one of his critical successes: "No ...

Author: C. James Trotman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317946175

Category: History

Page: 201

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From a March 1992 conference at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, 17 essays examine the life, work, and legacy of African-American writer and activist Hughes (1902-67). Many of the contributors knew him personally. They discuss his pre- eminent role in the Harlem Renaissance; issues of race, culture, and gender; his personal library and exhibits; and his drama. c. Book News Inc.

Harlem Crossroads

Harlemite Langston Hughes titled The Sweet Flypaper of Life . Their partnership was inaugurated by DeCarava , who may have been emboldened to contact Harlem's elder statesman by the popularity and timeliness of Hughes's longrunning ...

Author: Sara Blair

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691130876

Category: History

Page: 392

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The Harlem riot of 1935 not only signaled the end of the Harlem Renaissance; it made black America's cultural capital an icon for the challenges of American modernity. Luring photographers interested in socially conscious, journalistic, and aesthetic representation, post-Renaissance Harlem helped give rise to America's full-blown image culture and its definitive genre, documentary. The images made there in turn became critical to the work of black writers seeking to reinvent literary forms. Harlem Crossroads is the first book to examine their deep, sustained engagements with photographic practices. Arguing for Harlem as a crossroads between writers and the image, Sara Blair explores its power for canonical writers, whose work was profoundly responsive to the changing meanings and uses of photographs. She examines literary engagements with photography from the 1930s to the 1970s and beyond, among them the collaboration of Langston Hughes and Roy DeCarava, Richard Wright's uses of Farm Security Administration archives, James Baldwin's work with Richard Avedon, and Lorraine Hansberry's responses to civil rights images. Drawing on extensive archival work and featuring images never before published, Blair opens strikingly new views of the work of major literary figures, including Ralph Ellison's photography and its role in shaping his landmark novel Invisible Man, and Wright's uses of camera work to position himself as a modernist and postwar writer. Harlem Crossroads opens new possibilities for understanding the entangled histories of literature and the photograph, as it argues for the centrality of black writers to cultural experimentation throughout the twentieth century.

A Tyrannous Eye

The Sweet Flypaper of Life was first published in 1955 with more than 120 photographs for which Hughes wrote a tale comparable to his Simple stories. A Harlem woman tells of being widowed but busy looking after her wandering son and ...

Author: Pearl Amelia McHaney

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781626744622

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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A Tyrannous Eye: Eudora Welty’s Nonfiction and Photographs is the first book-length study of Eudora Welty’s full range of achievements in nonfiction and photography. A preeminent Welty scholar, Pearl Amelia McHaney offers clear-eyed and complex assessments of Welty’s journalism, book reviews, letters, essays, autobiography, and photographs. Each chapter focuses on one genre, filling in gaps left by previous books. With keen skills of observation, finely tuned senses, intellect, wit, awareness of audience, and modesty, Welty applied her genius in all that she did, holding a tough line on truth, breaking through “the veil of indifference to each other’s presence, each other’s wonder, each other’s plight.” McHaney’s study brings critical attention to the under-evaluated genres of Welty’s work and discusses the purposeful use of arguments, examples, and styles, demonstrating that Welty pursued her craft to a high standard across genres with a greater awareness of context than she admitted in her numerous interviews. Welty consistently dared new styles, new audiences, and new publishing venues in order to express her ideas to their fullest, always with readers in mind. It is “serious daring,” as she wrote in One Writer’s Beginnings, that makes for great writing. In “Place in Fiction,” Welty asks, “How can you go out on a limb if you do not know your own tree? No art ever came out of not risking your neck. And risk—experiment—is a considerable part of the joy of doing.”

The Sweet Breath of Life

The Sweet Breath of Life - Introduction he Sweet Flypaper of Life, a book by Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes, first published in 1955, was pivotal in my growth to becoming a photographer. I thought this book was the best and most ...

Author: Frank Stewart

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451616347

Category: Poetry

Page: 192

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Words and images come together in a collaboration between celebrated poet Ntozake Shange and an acclaimed group of photographers, to result in this stunning celebration of contemporary Black life in America. From the first publication of The Sweet Flypaper of Life by Langston Hughes and Roy DeCarava in 1967, to Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats, collaborations between writers and photographers have been important in African American culture. These books examine the issues of identity and representation that have been so central to this group's efforts to thrive. The Kamoinge Workshop photographers who contributed their work to this inspiring collection consist of names that have appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), and more. Names such as Anthony Barboza, Adger W. Cowans, Ming Smith Murray, Beuford Smith, John Pinderhuges, and many others. The Workshop’s mission was a response from the bias portrayals of African Americans in the media. They sought to shed positive light on their subjects, as well as to demystify Black life in America. And The Sweet Breath of Life does exactly that.

The Life of Langston Hughes

His contentment in a job well done was further boosted later that month when the first copy of his book with Roy DeCarava, The Sweet Flypaper of Life, appeared from Simon and Schuster. DeCarava, on the other hand, looked at their book ...

Author: Arnold Rampersad

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199882274

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 576

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February 1, 2002 marks the 100th birthday of Langston Hughes. To commemorate the centennial of his birth, Arnold Rampersad has contributed new Afterwords to both volumes of his highly-praised biography of this most extraordinary and prolific American writer. The second volume in this masterful biography finds Hughes rooting himself in Harlem, receiving stimulation from his rich cultural surroundings. Here he rethought his view of art and radicalism, and cultivated relationships with younger, more militant writers such as Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Amiri Bakara. Rampersad's Afterword to volume two looks further into his influence and how it expanded beyond the literary as a result of his love of jazz and blues, his opera and musical theater collaborations, and his participation in radio and television. In addition, Rempersad explores the controversial matter of Hughes's sexuality and the possibility that, despite a lack of clear evidence, Hughes was homosexual. Exhaustively researched in archival collections throughout the country, especially in the Langston Hughes papers at Yale University's Beinecke Library, and featuring fifty illustrations per volume, this anniversary edition will offer a new generation of readers entrance to the life and mind of one of the twentieth century's greatest artists.


2 THE CORPSMAN That ' Sweet Flypaper of Life ' Won't Let Sister Bradley Loose Hill and Wang . The price is $ 1.50 . When the bicycle of the Lord bearing His messenger with a telegram for Sister Mary Bradley arrived at 113 West 134th ...



ISBN: IND:30000099070405

Category: Occupational retraining

Page: 234

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The Self in Black and White

42 Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes, The Sweet Flypaper of Life (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955), 10. 43 E. Franklin Frazier, “Problems and Needs of Negro Children and Youth Resulting from Family Disorganization,” Journal of Negro ...

Author: Erina Duganne

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 9781584658023

Category: Social Science

Page: 250

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A study of race and authenticity in the photography of the civil rights era and beyond