ALICE: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute.
Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.
Berkeley & San Francisco: Heyday and California Historical Society, (2016). SIGNED first edition - Foreword by Josh Sides. "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 ". . . 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. . . 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." This book includes the memoirs of Alice Smith and a selection of letters responding to her story as well as an introduction which places this in the era's sensationalistic journalism as well as revealing themes in Alice's story that extend to issues facing sex workers today. SIGNED on the title page by BOTH editors with the word "thanks" and dated in the year of publication. Introduction and notes. Illustrations. Suggestions for further reading. lxxxii, 244 pp. ISBN: 978-1597143615.
Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.