Paris Noir

Paris Noir

African Americans in the City of Light

Book - 1996
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"Paris Noir fills a grievous gap in the absorbing chronicle of American expatriates who chose to live in Paris in the twentieth century. For alongside Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein and Henry Miller was an avant-garde and tightly knit community of black American writers, artists, musicians, and political exiles who found in Paris the creative and personal freedom denied them back home." "A welcoming refuge for writers, Paris embraced Richard Wright, Chester Himes, James Baldwin, Countee Cullen, and Claude McKay. A score of all-important jazz musicians lit up the city at night, from Miles Davis to Charlie Parker to Sidney Bechet, while Josephine Baker dazzled audiences with the Danse Sauvage in the Revue Negre. Leaving an equally important mark were the painters and artists who found inspiration in the Paris scene: Henry Ossawa Tanner, Lois Mailou Jones, Ed Clark, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Barbara Chase-Riboud." "Paris Noir brings this vibrant world to life, beginning with the doughboys who returned to Paris after World War I and moving on through the Jazz Age, the Depression, the years of the Harlem Renaissance, World War II, and the postwar boom."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1996
ISBN: 9780395683996
Branch Call Number: 944.36 St76p
Characteristics: xvi, 366 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Jan 15, 2018

This is a well-researched and well-written chronicle of the African-American community in Paris. It illustrates how African-Americans transformed Paris, and also how Paris transformed African-Americans. If you have time to read only one book about African-American expatriates in Paris, the Jazz Age, or the experiences of African-American troops, musicians, artists and writers abroad, read this.


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