Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute

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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 of the Underworld" detailed Alice's humble Midwestern upbringing and her struggle to find above board work, and candidly related the harrowing events she endured after entering "the life." For the first time since 1913, Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute presents the memoirs of Alice Smith. Join us when editors Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus discuss this fascinating work. A book sale by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library follows the presentation.

Sponsored by the San Francisco History Center at the San Francisco Public Library and Heyday Books

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