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Storyville...what better name for a Red Light District?!
This infamous early 1900s New Orleans neighborhood held access to many vices, including gambling, drinking, and legal prostitution. While many saw this section of town as debaucherous and reprehensible, others saw opportunity.
Storyville provided women a life outside of societal convention. Where most were confined to the home raising children and tending to chores, Storyville offered lavish parlors, career advancement, and self-made wealth. In this book, follow young Mary Debeubler as she overcomes a turbulent childhood to build an empire under her new name, Josie Arlington.
Josie’s brothel, The Arlington, was more accurately described as a luxury palace. She employed exotic beauties, catering to men who preferred a more...refined experience. It was through this debaucherous enterprise that she became a skilled businesswomen with vast wealth and influence that extended beyond the Storyville borders.
Famous for giving rise to the creation of jazz music, Storyville life is vividly painted by Marita Woywod Crandle (author of New Orleans Vampires: History and Legend) as she chronicles the rise to fame of New Orleans’s most ambitious madam and the inner workings of this vice district.