Polly Adler Polly Adler's autobiography, A House is Not a Home, was a phenomenon when it was published in 1953. The title referred to her infamous brothel in New York City, and told the story of Jewish immigrant life in New York and the city’s underworld. Print Full Image Rights Creative Commons (attribution) Related contentEncyclopedia Article: Polly AdlerThis Week in History: Brothel-keeper Polly Adler jailed How to cite this pageJewish Women's Archive. "Polly Adler." (Viewed on October 16, 2019) <https://jwa.org/media/polly-adler>.