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Bricktop's Paris : African American women in Paris between the two world wars

Author: T Denean Sharpley-Whiting
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Tells the fascinating story of African American women who traveled to France to seek freedom of expression. During the Jazz Age, France became a place where an African American woman could realize personal freedom and creativity, in narrative or in performance, in clay or on canvas, in life and in love. These women were participants in the life of the American expatriate colony, which included F. Scott Fitzgerald,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Bricktop; Bricktop
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: T Denean Sharpley-Whiting
ISBN: 9781438455013 1438455011
OCLC Number: 889666307
Description: xv, 377 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: The other Americans, 1919-1939 --
Les Dames, grand and small, of Montmartre : the Paris of Bricktop --
The Gotham-Montparnasse exchange --
Women of the Petit Boulevard : the artist's haven --
Black Paris : cultural politics and prose --
"Homeward tug at a poet's heart" : the return --
Appendix: "Negro Dance," Opus 25, No. 1 / Nora Douglas Holt --
Gained in translation? / Alice Randall --
History's marginalia, autofictional mysteries, and a fondness for matters French / T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting --
The autobiography of Ada "Bricktop" Smith, or Miss Baker regrets / Ada "Bricktop" Smith and T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting.
Other Titles: African American women in Paris between the two world wars
Responsibility: T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting.

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Tells the fascinating story of African American women who traveled to France to seek freedom of expression. During the Jazz Age, France became a place where an African American woman could realize personal freedom and creativity, in narrative or in performance, in clay or on canvas, in life and in love. These women were participants in the life of the American expatriate colony, which included F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and Cole Porter, and they commingled with bohemian avant-garde writers and artists like Picasso, Breton, Colette, and Matisse. Bricktop's Paris introduces the reader to twenty-five of these women and the city they encountered. Following this nonfiction account, T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting provides a fictionalized autobiography of Ada "Bricktop" Smith, which brings the players from the world of nonfiction into a Paris whose elegance masks a thriving underworld.--Publisher website.

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