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Introduction. PART 1 - LEARNING THE GAME: At the White Man's Door, in the White Man's Dwelling; We Come Up Tight; Cotton Comes to Harlem; Metropolitan High; Miss Dunham; The Free and Equal Blues; At the Bal Negre; En Route to the Casbah; Foggy Days in London Town; Springtime in Paris; Paris is Always Paris; Helen of Troy; C'est Si Bon. PART 2 - AMERICA'S MISTRESS: Monotonous; New Faces of 1952; I Want to Be Evil! Santa Baby; Mrs Patterson Regrets; Hush-hush and Strictly Confidential; Back to Black; Literary Eartha; International Eartha; Integrated Eartha; St Louis Blues. PART 3 - THE END OF THE AFFAIR: What's a Woman to Do? My Dear Little Husband; Five Rules for a Successful Marriage; Guest Starring Eartha Kitt; Catwoman; Lady Bird's Blacklist; Paint Me Black Angels. EPILOGUE: I'm Still Here. Endnotes. Bibliography. Acknowledgements. Index.

About 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. He lives and works in Cardiff.


'First-rate' Roger Lewis, Daily Mail. * Daily Mail *
'This intriguing book reveals the trail she blazed in American life - and the price she paid' Sunday Times. * Sunday Times *
'Well researched, elegantly written' Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday. * Mail on Sunday *

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