Bricktop's Paris

Bricktop's Paris: African American Women in Paris between the Two World Wars

English | 2015 | ISBN: 1438455011 | PDF | 400 Pages | 12.9 mb


Tells the fascinating story of African American women who traveled to France to seek freedom of expression.
2015 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title
Longlisted for the 2015 American Library in Paris Book Award
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.

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