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The Sweet Flypaper of Life

Illustrated by Roy Rudolph DeCarava (American, 1919–2009), Author Langston Hughes (American, 1902–1967), Publisher Simon and Schuster (American, 20th century)

Place of Publication: New York, New York, USA


Overall: 18.7 x 13 x 1.5 cm (7 3/8 x 5 1/8 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with photomechanical collotypes

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Photography


Illustrated books

(New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955) 18.7 cm; [1 f.] 98 pp.; publisher’s original half cream cloth, black paper boards, with original photo-illustrated dust jacket.

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955


Private collection (New York, NY); purchased by Jeffrey H. Marks Rare Books, 2007 (Rochester, N.Y); to Karen E. Haas; by whom given to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, December 17, 2008

Credit Line

Gift of Karen E. Haas