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Author Stovall, Tyler Edward.

Title Paris noir : African Americans in the City of Light / Tyler Stovall
Published Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1996


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Description xvi, 366 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents 1. Freedom overseas: African American soldiers fight the Great War -- Black America on the eve of the war -- Over there! -- Encounters with the French -- 2. Bringing the jazz age to Paris -- A world safe for the Negro? -- Black Montmarte: the birth of a community -- Josephine Baker conquers Paris -- The Harlem renaissance overseas -- Images of race in jazz age Paris -- 3. Depression and war: Paris in the 1930s -- “And we all played on” -- Paris, gateway to Africa -- Depression blues -- Paris in wartime -- 4. Life on the Left Bank -- Paris in the age of existentialism -- From Montemarte to the Left Bank: building a new black community -- African American artists return to Paris -- Jazz in Saint-Germain-des-Prés -- 5. The golden age of African American literature in Paris -- The politics of exile -- The romance of cafés and cheap hotels -- Richard Wright: expatriate and world citizen -- Gifted outsiders: James Baldwin and Chester Hines -- 6. New perspectives on race -- The giants depart -- A new black community -- A distant thunder -- Color-blind France? -- Expatriates and political activism -- Student power in France: May 1968 -- 7. African Americans in Paris today -- Death of a diva -- Adieu, Utopia? -- The world of the arts -- Black professionals in Paris -- Community life
Summary Paris Noir brings this vibrant world to life, beginning with the doughboys who returned to Paris after World War I and moving on through the Jazz Age, the Depression, the years of the Harlem Renaissance, World War II, and the postwar boom
Paris Noir fills a grievous gap in the absorbing chronicle of American expatriates who chose to live in Paris in the twentieth century. For alongside Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein and Henry Miller was an avant-garde and tightly knit community of black American writers, artists, musicians, and political exiles who found in Paris the creative and personal freedom denied them back home. A welcoming refuge for writers, Paris embraced Richard Wright, Chester Himes, James Baldwin, Countee Cullen, and Claude McKay. A score of all-important jazz musicians lit up the city at night, from Miles Davis to Charlie Parker to Sidney Bechet, while Josephine Baker dazzled audiences with the Danse Sauvage in the Revue Negre. Leaving an equally important mark were the painters and artists who found inspiration in the Paris scene: Henry Ossawa Tanner, Lois Mailou Jones, Ed Clark, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Barbara Chase-Riboud
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 342-347) and index
Subject Basquiat, Jean-Michel, 1960-1988.
Chase-Riboud, Barbara.
Clark, Edward, 1926-
Jones, Lois Mailou.
Tanner, Henry Ossawa, 1859-1937.
African Americans -- France -- Paris -- History -- 20th century.
Toleration -- France -- Paris -- History -- 20th century.
Paris (France) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Paris (France) -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
LC no. 96024566
ISBN 0395683998