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Series: NYRB Classics
Publication Date: January 25, 2022
Nell KimballHer Life as an American Madam, by Herself
by Nell Kimball, edited and with an introduction by Stephen Longstreet
“Looking back on my life, and it’s the only way I can look at it now, nothing in it came out the way most people would want their life to be lived. And while I began at fifteen in a good house with no plans, just wanting as a young whore to hunker on to something to eat and something good to wear, I ended up as a business woman, becoming a sporting house madam, recruiting, disciplining whores, running high-class places. Always wondering, too, why it had happened just that way. Now I can say, if I ever had me any remorse, I never had any regrets.”
So begin the remarkable reminiscences of Nell Kimball. From her beginnings as a young hooker in St. Louis, to life as a madam in New Orleans, wide-open San Francisco, and back again in the polite soft-spoken corruption of New Orleans, Kimball recounts her own American success story while training a knowing eye on America at large. With its down-to-earth, straight-shooting American eloquence, this shrewd, uninhibited, and frequently comic autobiography, as edited by Stephen Longstreet, reads like a cross between Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders and Bob Dylan’s Chronicles.
A remarkable book by a remarkable woman.
—The New York Times