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Madam : the biography of Polly Adler, icon of the Jazz Age

Applegate, Debby (author.).

Summary: "Applegate's tour de force about Jazz Age icon Polly Adler will seize you by the lapels, buy you a drink, and keep you reading until the very last page.... A treat for fiction and nonfiction fans alike." --Abbott Kahler, New York Times bestselling author(as Karen Abbott) of The Ghosts of Eden Park Simply put: Everybody came to Polly's. Pearl "Polly" Adler (1900-1962) was a diminutive dynamo whose Manhattan brothels in the Roaring Twenties became places not just for men to have the company of women but were key gathering places where the culturati and celebrity elite mingled with high society and with violent figures of the underworld--and had a good time doing it. As a Jewish immigrant from eastern Europe, Polly Adler's life is a classic American story of success and assimilation that starts like a novel by Henry Roth and then turns into a glittering real-life tale straight out of F. Scott Fitzgerald. She declared her ambition to be "the best goddam madam in all America" and succeeded wildly. Debby Applegate uses Polly's story as the key to unpacking just what made the 1920s the appallingly corrupt yet glamorous and transformational era that it was and how the collision between high and low is the unique ingredient that fuels American culture"--

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  • ISBN: 1432898086 (HRD)
  • ISBN: 9781432898083 (HRD)
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: [Large print edition].
  • Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2022.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note: From a nobody to a legend -- Man plans, god laughs -- The jazz baby -- What's a nice girl like you doing in a place like this? -- Liquor and lust -- Thumbs up with the mob -- The double standard -- The party girl racket -- The underworld complex -- The Jewish jezebel -- The female Al Capone -- Cafae society -- The big shot -- Madam emeritus.
Prostitution -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century
Procuresses -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography
Adler, Polly -- 1900-1962

Available copies

  • 4 of 4 copies available at Westchester Library System.


  • 0 current holds with 4 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bronxville Public Library LARGE PRINT B ADLER (Text) 31004151838716 Large Print Available -
Mamaroneck Public Library District LARGE PRINT B ADLER (Text) 31015152674587 Large Print Available -
Ossining Public Library B ADLER (LARGE PRINT) (Text) 31021153458137 Large Print Available -
Scarsdale Public Library LG PT BIO ADLER (Text) 31029154478012 Large Print Available -

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