American Cocktail: A "Colored Girl" in the World by Anita Reynolds, Visit Amazon's Howard M. Miller Page, search

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This is the rollicking, never-before-published memoir of a desirable lady with an uncanny knack for being within the correct position within the best instances. Of racially combined background, Anita Reynolds was once proudly African American yet frequently handed for Indian, Mexican, or Creole. Actress, dancer, version, literary critic, psychologist, yet mainly free-spirited provocateur, she used to be, as her Parisian neighbors nicknamed her, an "American cocktail."

one of many first black stars of the silent period, she seemed in Hollywood videos with Rudolph Valentino, attended Charlie Chaplin's anarchist conferences, and studied dance with Ruth St. Denis. She moved to long island within the Twenties and made a dash with either Harlem Renaissance elites and Greenwich Village bohemians. An émigré in Paris, she fell in with the Left financial institution avant garde, befriending Antonin Artaud, guy Ray, and Pablo Picasso. subsequent, she took up place of abode as a journalist in Barcelona through the Spanish Civil battle and witnessed firsthand the growing to be risk of fascism. In 1940, because the Nazi panzers closed in on Paris, Reynolds spent the ultimate days earlier than the French capitulation as a crimson pass nurse, later on creating a mad sprint for Lisbon to flee at the final send departing Europe.

In prose that completely captures the globetrotting nonchalance of its writer, American Cocktail offers a stimulating, unforgettable self-portrait of a really remarkable woman.

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During the Chicago riots of 1919, she was proud of her cousins who transported guns for blacks’ defense against the rioting whites. ” In a letter of 1930 to her brother, she wrote, “My honest conclusion is that the only hope of salvation lays with the half-castes. In a hundred years America will be all half-caste. I’m sure there’s no stopping it . . [T]he world’s getting smaller and smaller, all people are being mixed up—whether they want to be or not— and we half-breeds have everything in our favor.

Arab? East Indian? No one spoke to me in English or in French. I just looked so well- dressed in my Chanel Suit, and carry ing my latest affectation— an ivorytopped walking stick. But the next morning the NEW YORK TIMES headed an article on the arrival of “the last ship to return with escapees of the Panzer Division’s closing the Spanish frontier from France” with a large photo of a stout American woman emerging from her cabin weighted with many cameras—the gear of a newspaper photographer. There was no mention of the center of so many reporters’ attention on me.

As a teenager, she had been a reader of The Smart Set (to which her parents subscribed) and later its successor American Mercury— one of the defining literary magazines of the era. ) She was very much au courant with the changing mores of the time, and while still in high school had even reviewed Fitzgerald’s Tales of the Jazz Age for The Messenger, a New York–based black socialist magazine at the time edited by A. Philip Randolph and Chandler Owen, friends of her family. ” By the time she reached Paris, no one could take her for genuinely “primitive,” but they imagined her so.

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