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Storyville, New Orleans: Being an Authentic, Illustrated Account of the Notorious Red Light District

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Drawing upon interviews and research, the author investigates New Orleans' experiment with legalized prostitution between 1897 and 1917.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 30th 1978 by University Alabama Press (first published 1974)
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Jan 17, 2008 Ray rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ray by: my barber
Covers the truly bizarre (and lewd) phenomenon of Storyville -- an 1897-1917 experiment with segregating all prostitution in the city into a 4 block x 4 block area. This was obviously a real labor of love. Al Rose appears to have looked under every sheet and peered into every closet. He has amassed a very large collection of interviews, correspondence, printed material, and photos. The final product is interesting, well organized, well illustrated, and well written. It is amazing what he fits in ...more
Nov 14, 2012 Charlayne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I ran into this book when working on background for a novel I'm writing that starts out in Storyville, New Orleans. As a historian, I appreciate the care and research that Mr. Rose put into the book. It's a very interesting read and exceptionally well documented. Filled with photographs, copies of old manuscripts, and other memorabilia, the book tells the history of the short-lived but very influential red light district of New Orleans.

So much of what we know as music today came from this area,
Mar 08, 2010 Boris is currently reading it
Interesting how jazz was influenced by the infamous Storyville. This book puts so much into perspective for historians and jazz music afficionados alike.
Timothy Boyd
Nov 21, 2015 Timothy Boyd rated it liked it
A very good history book about a little know and researched area. Good pictures and reads well. Recommended
Jan 02, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Al Rose's history of America's only (until recent decades in parts of Nevada) legalized red light district is an entertaining read if you have an interest in American history, Victorian and Progressive Era culture, historic preservation, jazz or prostitution. Featuring Ernest Bellocq's bittersweet photographs of Storyville's denziens and reproductions of 19th century New Orleans newspapers and gossip sheets this book has a moral for all of us: namely, that the legalization of prostitution can pu ...more
Regina Hart
Jul 10, 2013 Regina Hart rated it liked it
Storyville was a candid glimpse into the New Orleans red light district as it existed between 1898 and 1917. The author's voice was front and center; both his writing style and his opinions were colorful and amusing. Given the limited primary sources available, the quality and quantity of information presented was impressive, and the division of chapters by subject was a good choice. My greatest criticism is that the author did not include a formal bibliography.
Michelle Forcier
Jun 26, 2010 Michelle Forcier rated it it was amazing
Just started and can't wait to learn about the opulance that was Storyville and see if it compares to the sisters in "Sin in the Second City". This book was AMAZING! The pictures are great! So sad they turned the area into housing projects because the opulence that was shown would've been amazing to see today!
Powder River Rose
Dec 28, 2013 Powder River Rose rated it really liked it
Excellent, yet again sad. Perfect for research or general interest. A "tell-it-like-it-was" book not for the faint of heart or those who are offended by graphic descriptions.
Excellent photos. Information is perfect for those reenactors who portray characters based in the time period and recreating the documents in use at the time will add to the realism of your event.
Dec 30, 2016 Bruce rated it it was amazing
I stumbled across this gem many years ago during one of my annual pilgrimages to New Orleans for the Jazz and Heritage festival.

Excellent read with tons of NO's history not well documented by other works, including many pictures.

For me, an easy 5 stars
Oct 20, 2009 Richard marked it as to-read-3rd
Recommended to Richard by: "Stuff You Should Know" podcast
Shelves: history
Mildly entertaining podcast available here.
Jul 26, 2009 Valerielynnbassett is currently reading it
Got this last year when Elizabeth and I went to New Orleans and am slowly reading it. New Orleans' history is an amazing strand of American history. Great counterpoint to the Mayflower...
Brita Addams
Dec 13, 2014 Brita Addams rated it it was amazing
Wonderful for research. This book shines a light on an interesting part of New Orleans history. Excellent.
Sep 21, 2008 Erica rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fascinating collection of photographs, clippings, and accounts into a long-lost part of New Orleans history.
Nov 03, 2008 Johanna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lives
wow. just the lists of nicknames are worth reading this for. the personal accounts at the end are amazing. i'm pretty sure this was a major source for the movie "pretty baby."
Mar 17, 2013 Eyre rated it it was amazing
great research--filled with nice photos, ads, cartoons, accounts on every page
James Caskey
Feb 16, 2013 James Caskey rated it it was amazing
Not for the faint of heart or the easily offended. Does not sugar-coat or flinch regarding descriptions of prostitution and debauchery. A fantastically researched and well written book.
Aimee Dearmon
Mar 07, 2014 Aimee Dearmon rated it really liked it
Interesting. Lots and lots of pictures, which I like with histories and biographies. Lists famous jazz and blues artists that got their start there, most of whom moved to Chicago. Great book.
Jan 28, 2008 Jack rated it really liked it
Fascinating account of New Orleans' experiment with legalized prostitution.
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