Reading List

Relevant texts for those who would like to learn more about the heroines of New Orleans.


Cari lynn and Kellie Marti

A novel based on the life of the famous Storyville Madam Mary Deubler.

Intimate Enemies

The Two Worlds of Baroness de Pontalba
Christina Vella

The life of the incredible woman who built the Pontabla Apartments in Jackson Square.

Empire of Sin

A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans
Gary Kirst

Stories from New Orleans history from 1890-1920, leading up to and including Storyville. 

The French Quarter

An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld
Herbert Asbury

Stories of the underworld in New Orleans from the closing of Storyville to modern times

Louisiana Women

Their Lives and Times
Janet Allured and Judith Gentry

Notable women throughout Louisiana and their stories

The Tomb of Marie Laveau

Carol Morrow Long

The complete history of the tomb that holds the remains of the most famous Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau.

The Great Southern Babylon

Sex, Race, and Respectability in New Orleans 1865-1920
Alecia Long

A wonderful collection of stories about New Orleans
between the civil war and the closing of storyville

Storyville New Orleans

Being an Authentic, Illustrated Account of the Notorious Red Light District
Al Rose

A book about the famous Red light district Storyville.

Bourbon Street

Richard Campanella

A well-researched and very interesting book about the history of New Orleans most famous street

Notorious Woman

Elizabeth Urban Alexander

a book about the life of Myra Clark Gaines and the longest succession case in US history.

The Last Madam

Christine Wiltz

The story of Norma Wallace based in part on tapes that she left behind about her life when she died.