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 lady with an uncanny knack for being within the correct position within the best occasions. Of racially combined history, Anita Reynolds was once proudly African American yet usually handed for Indian, Mexican, or Creole. Actress, dancer, version, literary critic, psychologist, yet primarily free-spirited provocateur, she was once, as her Parisian pals nicknamed her, an "American cocktail."

one of many first black stars of the silent period, she seemed in Hollywood video clips with Rudolph Valentino, attended Charlie Chaplin's anarchist conferences, and studied dance with Ruth St. Denis. She moved to long island within the Nineteen Twenties and made a touch 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 dwelling as a journalist in Barcelona in the course of 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 sooner than the French capitulation as a crimson move nurse, in a while 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 very notable woman.

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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. Despite the inferiority complex which holds them in subjection to-day, the ‘gens de couleur’ are stronger morally and physically than the ‘sangs purs’ . . ”24 While Thompson for the most part disdained white Americans for their racism and identified with the black freedom struggle, she was hardly heroic in her own racial politics.

Du Bois once referred to as her “Bolshevik” sympathies, imperialism had its good points, and that she had no use for racial or ethnic nationalisms, even in ser vice of anti-colonial movements. The national resentments of various European groups were palpable in Paris, as were those between the Africans in Paris and the French. She felt people needed to bridge their differences “and stop this nonsense. ” In Morocco, she stayed with Claude McKay a few weeks. They disagreed in their attitudes toward blackness.

She admits repeatedly that she was too caught up in pleasure and excitement to get too serious about anything. In fact, this unflattering characteristic helps account for the very range of her connections and experiences. In an undated letter to her mother, she wrote that she had just received a letter from her former boyfriend, Charles West, in which “He gave me all the news social political and athletic— a jig lynched t’other day, too. God be praised—how can 36 Introduction all you sane people rest there?

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