Madam: The Biography of Polly Adler, Icon of the Jazz Age
Hosted By: The Center for Jewish History
Pearl “Polly” Adler (1900-1962) was a diminutive dynamo whose Manhattan brothels in the Roaring Twenties were key gathering places where high society mingled with violent underworld figures—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 tale straight out of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Debby Applegate tells the jaw-dropping story of a notorious madam who as much as any single figure helped make the twenties roar.
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