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WHC welcomes Debby Applegate to the Amram Scholar Series on Sunday, November 20 at Temple.
This lecture will also be available by livestream by visiting our streaming page.
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Presented as the second annual Leslie Maitland Lecture in celebration of her decades-long commitment to the Amram Scholar Series program.
About the Book
Madam is the biography of Polly Adler (1900−1962), the most infamous and influential madam in Jazz Age New York. Her 1953 memoir, A House is Not A Home, sold 2 million books and became a 1963 movie starring Shelley Winters. 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 Rockfellers to Walter Winchell, Frank Sinatra, Desi Arnaz, the Algonquin Roundtable, Dutch Schultz and Meyer Lansky, and, it was rumored, Franklin D. Roosevelt. The New York Times Book Review praised Madam as a “fast-paced tale of radical, willful transformation,” and “a breathless tale told through extraordinary research.” Debby Applegate’s first book won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for biography and she spent the next 13 years working on Madam.
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About the Author
Debby Applegate is a historian whose first book, The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher, won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She holds a Ph.D. from Yale University and lives in Connecticut with her husband Bruce Tulgan.
Presented in partnership with the Jewish Book Council.
Sunday, November 20
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Hybrid – Temple
Adult Ed, Amram, Lecture
3935 Macomb Street NW
Washington, DC 20016
11810 Falls Road
Potomac, MD 20854
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