America's Mistress: The Life and Times of Miss Eartha Kitt [NOOK Book]

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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, possibly multi-racial chanteuse emerged seemingly from nowhere to seduce the nation and redefine cosmopolitan glamour. Blending ...
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America's Mistress: The Life and Times of Miss Eartha Kitt

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623658243
  • Publisher: Quercus
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 566,834
  • File size: 11 MB
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Meet the Author

John L. Williams is the author of five works of fiction, including The Cardiff Trilogy, and assorted non-fiction, such as his recent biographies of Shirley Bassey and the British Black Power leader, Michael X. He's a regular reviewer for the Independent and the Mail On Sunday, and the co-organiser of The Laugharne Weekend literary festival in West Wales. The author lives in Cardiff, England.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2014

    Not very good.

    Fiction, not fact.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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