An upper-class British, Nancy Cunard settled in Paris in 1920 and became a significant member of the Surrealist and Dada movements. The muse and lover of many writers such as Aldous Huxley and Louis Aragon, she launched The Hours Press, in 1928 to publish young experimental authors such as Samuel Beckett. Rejecting the traditional values of her social environment, she also greatly fought against fascism and racism: establishing a long romantic relationship with the black American jazz musician, Henry Crowder and publishing Negro: An Anthology, during the 1930s. Besides her rebellious and activist battles, Nancy Cunard was also a strikingly beautiful woman, inspiring Constantin Brancusi and establishing a bohemian-like dramatic fashion identity, piling stacks of African bracelets on her arms that evoked her passion for African art – her signature style entitled the 'barbaric look'. With a tragic taste for self-destruction, Nancy Cunard slowly declined and died insane and poor. She nonetheless remains the embodiment of the Jazz Age, a dissident heroine who 'hated fascism...and snobbery.'