The Last Madam: A Life In The New Orleans Underworld
by Chris Wiltz
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 taperecorded 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 thereand, likeMidnight in the Garden of Good and EvilandPhilistines at the Hedgerow,resurrects a vanished secret world.
Author: Chris Wiltz
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Release Date: 2001-01-01