A History of the Redhead

Book - 2015
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"Red: A History of the Redhead is the first book to explore the history of red hair and red-headedness throughout the world. With an obsessive fascination that is as contagious as it is compelling, author Jacky Colliss 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 explore red hair in the ancient world (from the Tarim mummies in China to the Islamic kingdom of the Khazars); the prejudice manifested against red hair across medieval Europe; red hair during the Renaissance as both an indicator of Jewishness during the Inquisition and the height of fashion in Protestant England, where it was made famous by the Henry VIII and Elizabeth I; the modern age of art, and literature, and the first positive symbols of red hair in children's characters; modern medicine and science and 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. More than a book for redheads, Red is the exploration of evolution and gene mutation, as well as a compelling social and cultural study of how prejudice and misconceptions of "other" evolve across centuries and continents and are handed down through generations and from one culture to another"
Publisher: New York :, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers,, 2015
Edition: First edition
Description: 230 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, color ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9781579129965
Branch Call Number: 391.5 Har


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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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