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

By Eliza Potter,Xiomara Santamarina

this is the 1st absolutely annotated version of a landmark in early African American literature--Eliza Potter's 1859 autobiography, A Hairdresser's event in excessive Life. Potter used to be a freeborn black girl who, as a hairdresser, used to be in a distinct place to listen to approximately, obtain confidences from, and realize prosperous white women--and she recorded all of it in a revelatory publication that thrilled Cincinnati's gossip columnists on the time. yet extra vital is Potter's portrait of herself as a wage-earning girl, pleased 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 whilst so much black ladies labored on the backside of the socioeconomic ladder. simply because her paintings provided insights into the non-public lives of elite white ladies, Potter carved out a literary area that featured a black operating girl on the heart, instead of on the margins, of the era's variations in gender, race, and sophistication constitution. Xiomara Santamarina presents an insightful advent to this version that incorporates newly chanced on information regarding Potter, discusses the author's robust satirical voice and proud working-class prestige, and areas the narrative within the context of nineteenth-century literature and history.

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