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A Hairdresser's Experience in High Life by Eliza Potter,Xiomara Santamarina

By Eliza Potter,Xiomara Santamarina

here's the 1st absolutely annotated variation of a landmark in early African American literature--Eliza Potter's 1859 autobiography, A Hairdresser's adventure in excessive Life. Potter used to be a freeborn black girl who, as a hairdresser, was once in a different place to listen to approximately, obtain confidences from, and discover filthy rich white women--and she recorded all of it in a revelatory e-book that overjoyed Cincinnati's gossip columnists on the time. yet extra very important is Potter's portrait of herself as a wage-earning girl, happy with her paintings, who earned excessive pay and collected quite a lot of cash as one of many nation's earliest "beauticians" at a time while such a lot black girls labored on the backside of the socioeconomic ladder. simply because her paintings provided insights into the personal lives of elite white girls, Potter carved out a literary house that featured a black operating girl on the middle, instead of on the margins, of the era's modifications in gender, race, and sophistication constitution. Xiomara Santamarina presents an insightful advent to this variation that incorporates newly stumbled on information regarding Potter, discusses the author's robust satirical voice and proud working-class prestige, and locations the narrative within the context of nineteenth-century literature and history.

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