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Author Sharpley-Whiting, T. Denean, author

Title Bricktop's Paris : African American women in Paris between the two World Wars / T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting
Published Albany : SUNY Press, State University of New York Press, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 377 pages) : illustrations, color map, portraits
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
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Bricktop, 1894-1984.
African American women -- France -- Paris -- Biography.
African American women -- France -- Paris -- History -- 20th century.
Americans -- France -- Paris -- History -- 20th century.
Nightclubs -- France -- History -- 20th century.
Women entertainers -- France -- Paris -- Biography.
Montmartre (Paris, France) -- Biography.
Paris (France) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Paris (France) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 143845502X (electronic bk.)
9781438455020 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles African American women in Paris between the two World Wars