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America's Mistress: The Life and Times of Miss Eartha Kitt

America's Mistress: The Life and Times of Miss Eartha Kitt

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Strait-laced, pre-civil rights America wasn't ready for Eartha Kitt. Waiting for others to be ready was never her style. in America's Mistress John L. Williams captures the person behind the myth in this engaging biography but also race relations in Twentieth-century America.
From humble roots on a South Carolina cotton plantation, the multilingual,

Overview

Strait-laced, pre-civil rights America wasn't ready for Eartha Kitt. Waiting for others to be ready was never her style. in America's Mistress John L. Williams captures the person behind the myth in this engaging biography but also race relations in Twentieth-century America.
From humble roots on a South Carolina cotton plantation, the multilingual, possibly multi-racial chanteuse emerged seemingly from nowhere to seduce the nation and redefine cosmopolitan glamour. Blending intellect, self-awareness and unprecedented sex appeal, she was a Technicolor presence in a black-and-white world.
But the key to her allure was always her mystery, and her three not-entirely-consistent autobiographies raise more questions than they answer about who she really was--whether singing, dancing, acting or drawing headlines for her romantic dalliances and political activism.
Drawing on extensive original research and interviews with the people who knew her best, Williams delivers a comprehensive, compassionate and thought-provoking record of a life that defied stereotypes, shattered boundaries, yet seemed to fall short of its potential in the end.
America's Mistress is ultimately a celebration of a remarkable American life that paved the way for black entertainers from Belafonte to Beyoncé. With objectivity and thoroughness, John L. Williams provides sought-after answers to tantalizing and elusive questions.

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"Well researched, elegantly written"—Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday"

This intriguing book reveals the trail she blazed in American life—and the price she paid."—Sunday Times"

First-rate"—Roger Lewis, Daily Mail"

Williams' fast-paced, well-written and exhaustively researched book should give his subject a chance at being re-evaluated. He has a genuine feel for the times in which she lived, knows the ins and outs of show business, and is judicious in his judgments of her many flaws . . . [Williams] has reminded us that idiosyncratic performers can offer pleasures about which mainstream stars know nothing."
William F. Gavin, Washington Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781623658243
Publisher:
Quercus
Publication date:
10/07/2014
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,000,584
File size:
11 MB
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Meet the Author

John L. Williams is the author of six books, most notably his Cardiff trilogy and Bloody Valentine (which the police force tried unsuccessfully to ban). He currently writes for the Mail on Sunday, having worked for the Independent, Sunday Times, NME and as contributing editor of GQmagazine. He was born and still lives in Cardiff.

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America's Mistress: The Life and Times of Miss Eartha Kitt 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fiction, not fact.