WorldCat Identities

Adler, Polly 1900-1962

Works: 7 works in 37 publications in 5 languages and 633 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Caricatures and cartoons 
Roles: Author
Classifications: HQ146.N7, 920.7
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Polly Adler
Most widely held works by Polly Adler
A house is not a home by Polly Adler( Book )

17 editions published between 1953 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Polly Adler's "house"--The brothel that gave this best-selling 1953 autobiography its title - was a major site of New York City underworld activity from the 1920s through the 1940s. Adler's notorious Lexington Avenue house of prostitution functioned as a sort of social club for New York's gangsters and a variety of other celebrities, including Robert Benchley and his friend Dorothy Parker. According to one New York tabloid, it made Adler's name "synonymous with sin."" "This new edition of Adler's autobiography brings back into print a book that was a mass phenomenon, in both hardback and paperback, when it was first published. A self-consciously literary work, A House Is Not a Home provides an informal social history of immigrant mobility, prostitution, Jewish life in New York, police dishonesty, the "white slavery" scare of the early twentieth century, and political corruption." "Adler's story fills an important gap in the history of immigrant life, urban experience, and organized crime in New York City. While most other accounts of the New York underworld focus on the lives of men, from Herbert Asbury's Gangs of New York through more recent works on Jewish and Italian gangsters, this book brings women's lives and problems to the forefront."--Jacket
Madam P. und ihre Mädchen die Memoiren der Polly Adler by Polly Adler( Book )

4 editions published between 1965 and 1966 in German and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Come on 'a my house( Book )

1 edition published in 501 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A house is not a home by Polly Adler( )

1 edition published in 1953 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A house is not a home( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

1964 drama film loosely based on the 1953 autobiography by madam Polly Adler
Himitsu no ie : Nyūyōku baishun'yado madamu no kokuhaku( Book )

1 edition published in 1955 in Japanese and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.44 (from 0.37 for A house is ... to 0.97 for Himitsu no ...)

A house is not a home
Alternative Names
Adler, Pearl.

Adler, Pearl Polly.

Polly Adler US-amerikanische Bordellbetreiberin

אדלר, פולי

אדלר, פולי (פרל) בת איזידור

پالی ادلر

アドラー, ポリィ