Polly Adler


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Pearl "Polly" Adler (April 16, 1900 – June 11, 1962) was an American madam and author of Russian-Jewish origin.

The oldest of nine children of Gertrude Koval and Morris Adler, Polly was the daughter of a tailor who travelled throughout Europe on business. Her early education was from the village rabbi. Polly Adler emigrated to America from Yanow, Russia, near the Polish border... more »

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  • What it comes down to is this: the grocer, the butcher, the baker, the merchant, the landlord, the druggist, the liquor dealer, the policeman, the doctor, the city father and the politician—these...
    Polly Adler (1900-1962), U.S. brothel-keeper. A House Is Not a Home, ch. 9 (1953).
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