THE SWEET FLYPAPER OF LIFE (inscribed)
Edition: First printing
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955. The simultaneous paper issue. pp 98 (including front cover), black & white card covers. Rubbing at head of spine, with a 2 cm split to top front spine fold, minor rubbing to foot of spine, VG clean and unworn copy otherwise, no creases. Inscribed by the author boldly inside fron cover "For Ezra Schabas, Sincerely, Langston Hughes, Stratford, July 22, 1958". With Schabas's name rubber stamped in top margin of first page. "Ezra Schabas is a Canadian musician, educator and author who lives in Toronto, Ontario. He has been active in Canada's musical life since 1952, when he emigrated from Cleveland with his wife Ann Schabas and two sons, William and Richard. During his time in Canada, he has been a leading musical educator, clarinetist, and administrator in Toronto's musical institutions. He has written several books on Canadian and American musical history, and he has been appointed to the Order of Ontario and made a Member of the Order of Canada." Hughes wrote an essay "The Roots of Jazz" for the Stratford , Ontario, Shakespeare Festival, 22 and 2 July, 1958, where he read his poetry to the accompaniment of "Red" Allen and his All Stars. Ezra Schabas served 1958-61 as music manager of the Stratford Festival. THE SWEET FLYPAPER OF LIFE is a prose work about the life of an ordinary black woman living in Harlem and is a collaboration between Hughes and the noted African- American photographer Roy De Carava. Parr & Badger, The Photobook I, 242.
Condition: Binding: Softcover