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An American cocktail

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When the literary scholar George Hutchinson was in the archives at Howard University one afternoon a decade ago, he thought he knew which story of a neglected African-American woman writer he was chasing. He was at work on a biography of Nella Larsen, whose classic Harlem Renaissance novel Passing was rediscovered in the 1970s. But while poking around, Hutchinson noticed a listing for the papers of Anita Thompson Dickinson Reynolds, an obscure contemporary of Larsen's, and decided to take a look. There, amid a jumble of letters and cassette tapes, lay an unpublished memoir breezily ...

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First Published: Fri, February 21 2014. 21:28 IST