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'Four Years in the Underbrush: Adventures as a working woman in New York', is the anonymously-written novel about a woman who went undercover in the domestic service, in New York. She wanted to gather firsthand experience as to what it would be like working minimum wage jobs, such as restaurant staff or working in a candy factory, as she was researching for her book. Her protagonist would be working in such jobs, and she wanted her writing to be as realistic as possible. This led to the writer spending four years (1916-1920), working low-end jobs, and living in rented units or tenement buildings, and meeting a vast array of struggling New Yorkers who were trying to pay for rising food costs and household bills during the Great War, and also post-war during the tail-end of her research stint. She met people from all walks of life, and from many different countries, many of them who had immigrated into New York, seeking a better life.