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This is often the rollicking, never-before-published memoir of a desirable African American lady with an uncanny knack for being within the correct position within the best occasions. Actress, dancer, version, literary critic, psychologist, and free-spirited provocateur, Anita Reynolds used to be, as her Parisian neighbors nicknamed her, an American Cocktail.

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In Anita’s youth he was married to a white woman, a cousin of the governor of Ohio. The white aunt knew Anita’s family and was perfectly aware of their racial designation. ” Years later Clarence divorced, moved to France just after World War I to help reorga nize national industries there (for which he was awarded 26 Introduction knighthood in the Légion d’Honneur), and married a German woman who never knew he was other than white until Anita informed her, to her chagrin, years after his death.

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.

Under the wings of Louise Bryant and Man Ray, Anita had entered a niche more than ready to receive her. Dada had just given way to surrealism—in both of which Man Ray was a major protagonist— and La Revue Nègre of 1926, which made Josephine Baker’s reputation, had seemed to point the way toward the renewal of European art, by some accounts. Simultaneously “modern” and “primitive,” “sophisticated” and “naïve,” it exemplified just what the Parisian avant-garde and its liberal observers were looking for.

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