A History of the Redhead

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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Stereotypes of redheaded women range from the funloving scatterbrain to the fiery-tempered vixen or the penitent prostitute. Red-haired men are often associated with either the savage barbarian or the redheaded clown. But why is this so? Harvey begins her quest in prehistory and traces the redhead gene as it made its way out of Africa with the early human diaspora, only to emerge under Northern skies. She goes on to the modern age of art, and literature, and the first positive symbols of red hair in children's characters; the genetic and chemical decoding of red hair; and finally, red hair in contemporary culture, from advertising and exploitation to "gingerism" and the new movement against bullying.
Publisher: New York :, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
Branch Call Number: 391.5 HAR
Characteristics: 230 pages, [24] pages of plates :,illustrations (some colour), map ;,22 cm.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-220) and index.


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May 14, 2018

Being a redhead, myself, I certainly found Jacky Harvey's book to be quite an interesting read.

Harvey's in-depth research into the history of the redhead was first-rate and her humour was an extra-nice touch to this book's whole concept.

So, whether you are a redhead, or not - "Red" is sure to be an enjoyable read for one and all.

Apr 21, 2018

I don't know about you - But, these days, I, for one, find myself becoming more and more attracted to the wonderful allure of "natural" redheads. It's true.

From those cute carrot-tops, to the positively gorgeous ginger-types, to the radiance of awesome auburn - I've certainly seen some real redheaded stunners (Yep. Freckles and all) in my days.

Yes. Of course, when it comes to blondes, brunettes, and those striking raven-headed ones - There are, unquestionably, some fascinating beauties to behold out there.

But, for me - You just can't beat the marvellous magic of a bona-fide redhead. You can't.

Delightfully (and informatively) written by Jacky Harvey - "The History of the Redhead" sure turned out to be some of the most enjoyable fun that I've ever had reading about the intriguing historical accounts of pure redhead-ism. And, I'm sure it'll be "Ditto" for you, too.

*Note* - This book's captivating cover art is a crop from a painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882).

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