A House Is Not a Home


Polly Adler's "house" -- the brothel that gave this best-selling 1953 autobiography its title -- was a major site of New York City underworld activity from the 1920s through the 1940s. Adler's notorious Lexington Avenue house of prostitution functioned as a sort of social club for New York's gangsters and a variety of other celebrities, including Robert Benchley and his friend Dorothy Parker. According to one New York tabloid, it made Adler's name "synonymous with sin." This new edition of Adler's autobiography brings back ...

A House Is Not a Home 2006, University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst

ISBN-13: 9781558495593

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