12 2023

Madam: The Biography of Polly Adler, Icon of the Jazz Age

6:45PM - 7:45PM  

VIRTUAL Program Jewish Federation of the Berkshires 196 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Contact Rabbi Daveen Litwin

Via Zoom.  Register HERE.

Jewish Literary Voices: A Jewish Federation of the Berkshires Series in collaboration with the Jewish Book Council

Join a conversation with Pulitzer-Prize winning author Debby Applegate of her new biography which tells the rollicking story of Polly Adler, Manhattan’s most notorious madam, whose decadent parties made the Jazz Age roar.

More than a biography, this is a colorful and unusual history of Jewish life told through the perspective of a “good Jewish girl” from a Russian shtetl who immigrated to Brooklyn, and rose to become “the Female Al Capone” and one of the most renowned Jewish American women in the 20th century.   Her brothels were underworld salons that catered to everyone from the Vanderbilts and the Rockefellers to Walter Winchell, Frank Sinatra, Desi Arnaz, the Algonquin Roundtable, Dutch Schultz and Meyer Lansky and it was rumored, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Applegate immerses the reader in Polly’s world and uses her rip-roaring life to unpack what made this era so corrupt, so glamorous and so transformational, showing how this riotous collision of high and low gave birth to modern American culture.

Purchase the book here and a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to the local Bookstore in Great Barrington.


Sponsor: Jewish Federation of the Berkshires and the Jewish Book Council