Very good. No dust jacket as issued. Top edge soiling. Age toning to paper at edges. 374 p.; 21 cm. Red cloth covered boards. Green & white spine titles. Polly Adler: 1920s Madame looks into "the underworld. the half-world and the high, " introductory chapter. An autobiographical history of a working woman, a house of prostitution, with characters drawn as composites.
Polly Adler was the American dream -- sort of. She came to New York as a little girl, penniless, with no knowledge of English and during her career established numerous bordellos that caterered to the rich and famous. This 1953 memoir offers a fun and often insightful look at times gone by, the kind of social history that is rare but well worth a look.
Edgar E S
Feb 2, 2012
Absolutely no gratuitous sex but a lot about organized crime and politics. Compares favorably with The Madame of the House, another brook about the "glamor" of high-class prostitution.
Apr 1, 2011
Book is a typical bio in that author justifies her deeds through positions and conditions placed upon her by outside forces not of her own choice. It is an interesting look into the times when women were just awakening into a more assertive position in society. Has some interesting antedotes about famous persons of the era.
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