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The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld

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ISBN13: 9780306810121
ISBN10: 0306810123
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In 1916, at age fifteen, Norma Wallace arrived in New Orleans. Sexy and shrewd, she quickly went from streetwalker to madam and by 1920 had opened what became a legendary house of prostitution. There she entertained a steady stream of governors, gangsters, and movie stars until she was arrested at last in 1962. Shortly before she died in 1974, she tape—recorded her memories-the scandalous stories of a powerful woman who had the city's politicians in her pocket and whose lovers included the twenty-five-year-old boy next door, whom she married when she was sixty-four. Combining those tapes with original research, Christine Wiltz chronicles not just Norma's rise and fall but also the social history of New Orleans, thick with the vice and corruption that flourished there—and, like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Philistines at the Hedgerow, resurrects a vanished secret world.

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First time in paperback: "Wonderful. . . . Re-creates a little slice of a life otherwise devoured by time."-New York Times Book Review

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Christine Wiltz is the author of four novels. She lives in her native New Orleans.

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Leslie Pop, March 22, 2011 (view all comments by Leslie Pop)
The Last Madam is at once a factual history and an enthralling read outlining the life and times of New Orleans "landlady," as madams were euphemistically called, Norma Wallace. Author Christine Wiltz has recreated bygone New Orleans in a manner so palpable you can smell the lush flowers and feel the sweltering heat. The story traces Wallace's career and personal life through five decades and tells the story of the last house of prostitution that stood in the Big Easy. A well-researched account coupled with a satisfying bit of sauciness make The Last Madam a great and entertaining read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780306810121
Author:
Wiltz, Christine
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Author:
Wiltz, Chris
Location:
S.l.
Subject:
Other Miscellaneous Crimes
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Prostitution
Subject:
Prostitutes
Subject:
Adult
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
World
Subject:
Prostitution -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Subject:
Wallace, Norma
Subject:
Americana-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
106-559
Publication Date:
20010331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 12.5 oz

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