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American Cocktail

A “Colored Girl” in the World

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$29.95 • £23.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674073050

Publication Date: 02/24/2014


352 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

20 halftones, grouped


  • List of Illustrations*
  • Foreword [Patricia Williams]
  • Introduction [George Hutchinson]
  • A Note on the Text [George Hutchinson]
  • American Cocktail
    • Foreword
    • Chapters 1–18
  • Appendix 1: Publications by Anita Reynolds
  • Appendix 2: Anita Reynolds’s Correspondence with Family
  • Notes
  • Index
  • * Illustrations
    • 1. Anita Thompson, three years old.
    • 2. Anita, age sixteen, on the cover of the May 1917 issue of The Crisis.
    • 3. Anita Thompson as female lead in By Right of Birth.
    • 4. On the cover of The Crisis, January 1923.
    • 5. “Kindest regards to Mr. Harry Austin / Cordially, Anita.” Circa 1923.
    • 6. Looking like a flapper, ca. 1923.
    • 7. Anita Thompson (center) as lady-in-waiting to the princess in The Thief of Bagdad (1924).
    • 8. Portrait of Anita Thompson, signed “Greetings to Dad from Anita / ‘Runnin’ Wild,’ April 1924.”
    • 9. “To my dear Mrs. Austin / Sincerely, Anita.”
    • 10. Kristians Tonny at the easel. Circa 1928?
    • 11. Transfer drawing by Kristians Tonny dedicated to Anita Thompson.
    • 12. Photo of Anita Thompson with Kristians Tonny and her Moroccan servant Wamba. Tangier, Morocco, ca. 1931–1932.
    • 13. Photo of Anita Thompson with Kristians Tonny and friends. Morocco, ca. 1932–1933.
    • 14. Anita Thompson with her first “husband,” the English aristocrat Charles Seller, in London.
    • 15. Man Ray portrait of Anita Thompson, dated Paris, March 11, 1934.
    • 16. Man Ray portrait of Anita Thompson, mid-1930s.
    • 17. Anita Thompson modeling a Chanel evening dress while dancing with a male model, 1938.
    • 18. Anita Thompson in a Chanel evening dress, 1938.
    • 19. Anita Thompson modeling her favorite Chanel dress, ca. 1938.
    • 20. Anita Thompson with her friend Rose-Monique Bazin de Jessey. Le Montmarin, ca. 1939– 1940.

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