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Shady Ladies: Nineteen Surprising and Rebellious American Women
Suzann Ledbetter (au)
These biographies of little-known Shady Ladies: crackpots, some criminals, some genuine talents, but almost all have been sadly forgotten. These defiant women challenged post-Victorian society in an era when females were second-class citizens. Who knew that Harriet Hubbard Ayer and her cosmetic concoctions predated Helena Rubenstein, and that Ayer invented the newspaper advertorial? Photographs of Lydia Pinkham were the first photos ever used in advertising. “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” was coined by Fanny Fern, aka Sara Parton, who became the highest-paid newspaper columnist in the country. This is the story of 19 early American rebels whose exploits are brought to life with humor, empathy, and meticulous research. Ill.
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