By Anita Reynolds, Visit Amazon's Howard M. Miller Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Howard M. Miller, , George Hutchinson, Patricia Williams, Jean L. Krauklin

ISBN-10: 0674073053

ISBN-13: 9780674073050

This is the rollicking, never-before-published memoir of a desirable girl with an uncanny knack for being within the correct position within the finest instances. Of racially combined background, Anita Reynolds used to be proudly African American yet frequently handed for Indian, Mexican, or Creole. Actress, dancer, version, literary critic, psychologist, yet notably 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 ny 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 throughout the Spanish Civil warfare 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 purple go 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 provides a stimulating, unforgettable self-portrait of a really notable woman.

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The food, wine, Empire décor— and you—take me from this bright Ca ribbean back to the dramatic Mediterranean of an earlier day. You made me especially happy today when you suggested that I should review for a larger audience my speckled career of about three-quarters of a century of enjoying being an American Negro. Most of my contemporaries, both black 50 A Note on the Text and white, have had chiefly tales of woe to tell. I feel a little guilty saying how much fun I have had being a colored girl in the twentieth century.

She imagined herself looking like Gloria Swanson. 18 Although this may well have been true for some black expatriates, it does not fit Anita Thompson’s case—nor, significantly enough, the experiences of Nella Larsen, Dorothy Peterson (a director of various Harlem theater groups), Nora Holt (nightclub performer), Claude McKay, Walter White (novelist and NAACP officer), and others whom Thompson knew from New York. Indeed, Anita may have met McKay through Louise Bryant, the Introduction 31 left-wing journalist to whom he dedicated his novel Banjo, and she rarely saw him with other black people in Paris— although, her correspondence shows, she introduced McKay and Countee Cullen to each other for the fi rst time at the American Express office there: “Can you imagine,” she wrote her brother, “they’ve been near each other dozens of times— anxious to know each other— and never met before?

Thomas, and decided to settle in the Virgin Islands, soon thereafter getting a job as a psychologist with the Health Department on St. Croix. On St. Croix in the mid- to late 1950s, she met her last husband, Guy Reynolds, a retired naval officer who owned and managed a hotel and rental properties. She managed the Virgin Islands Employment Ser vice from 1960– 1964 and then taught psychology at the College of the Virgin Islands until she turned sixty-five. On St. Croix, as in New York and Paris, she passed between the different communities—white and black, islanders and mainlanders—trying to “get people together” and help them to overcome their distrust of one another.

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