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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306810121
ISBN-10: 0306810123
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 149mm x 19mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 20-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Christine Wiltz

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

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