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Princess NoireThe Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone$
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Nadine Cohodas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807872437

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882740_cohodas

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. A Fast Rising Star ~ 1959 ~

. A Fast Rising Star ~ 1959 ~

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(p.80) 8. A Fast Rising Star ~ 1959 ~
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Princess Noire
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Nadine Cohodas

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807882740_cohodas.11

This chapter discusses Nina and Don's new place on Central Park West at 101st Street, about a mile south of Harlem. The apartment was on the top floor of a fifteen-story building typical of the neighborhood: marble floors and accents in the lobby, plenty of windows to capture the view of Central Park across the street. The apartment was big enough for Nina's piano, and for Don's drum kit and painting paraphernalia. It seemed like an ideal setting as well as a testament to Nina's growing success and the money that came with it. Don's bohemian qualities, however, so endearing when they met, now felt like the trappings of an upper-class bum. Most of the time, Nina complained, he just wanted to drink, smoke, “and talk poetry, jazz and all the usual beat bullshit.” Nina felt more like the hired help than a wife, and she resented it, especially because she was the one working. To make matters worse, “he spent my money when he had none of his own.”.

Keywords:   Nina, Don, Central Park West, Harlem, bohemian qualities, upper-class bum, hired help

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