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Alice : memoirs of a Barbary Coast prostitute

Author: Alice Smith, (Prostitute); Ivy Anderson; Devon Angus
Publisher: Berkeley, California : Heyday ; San Francisco, California : California Historical Society, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
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"In 1913 the San Francisco Bulletin published a serialized, ghostwritten memoir of a prostitute who went by the moniker Alice Smith. "A Voice from the Underworld" detailed Alice's humble Midwestern upbringing and her struggle to find aboveboard work, and candidly related the harrowing events she endured after entering "the life." While prostitute narratives had been published before, never had they been as frank in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Smith, Alice (Prostitute).
Alice.
Berkeley, California : Heyday ; San Francisco, California : California Historical Society, [2016]
(DLC) 2016034563
Named Person: Alice Smith, (Prostitute)
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alice Smith, (Prostitute); Ivy Anderson; Devon Angus
ISBN: 9781597143615 1597143618
OCLC Number: 948549934
Notes: Originally published in 1913 in the San Francisco Bulletin as a serialized memoir entititled "A voice from the underworld."
Description: lxxxii, 248 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Other Titles: Voice from the underworld.
Bulletin (San Francisco, Calif. : 1895)
Responsibility: edited by Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus ; foreword by Josh Sides.

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"In 1913 the San Francisco Bulletin published a serialized, ghostwritten memoir of a prostitute who went by the moniker Alice Smith. "A Voice from the Underworld" detailed Alice's humble Midwestern upbringing and her struggle to find aboveboard work, and candidly related the harrowing events she endured after entering "the life." While prostitute narratives had been published before, never had they been as frank in their discussion of the underworld, including topics such as abortion, police corruption, and the unwritten laws of the brothel. Throughout the series, Alice strongly criticized the society that failed her and so many other women, but, just as acutely, she longed to be welcomed back from the margins. The response to Alice's story was unprecedented: four thousand letters poured into the Bulletin, many of which were written by other prostitutes ready to share their own stories; and it inspired what may have been the first sex worker rights protest in modern history. For the first time in print since 1913, Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute presents the memoirs of Alice Smith and a selection of letters responding to her story. An introduction contextualizes "A Voice from the Underworld" amid Progressive Era sensationalistic journalism and shifting ideas of gender roles, and reveals themes in Alice's story that extend to issues facing sex workers today."--Publisher's website.

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