Synopses & Reviews
New Orleans is a melting pot that has been stirred by French, Spanish, African, and Caribbean influences. Once the fourth-largest city in America and largest city in the South, the Crescent City embodies many contradictions. It is at once a nationally-treasured architectural museum and a mix of odd decay and free-spirited play. In Literary New Orleans, the city rightfully claims its place as city whose writers are to be celebrated.
An anthology of fiction and nonfiction about New Orleans
Table of Contents
Letter to Comte de Ponchartrain / De Râemonville -- From Journal of a voyage to North America / Pierre Franðcois Xavier de Charlevoix -- Letter to her father / Sister Hachard de Saint-Stanislas -- Letter to Robert Livingston / Thomas Jefferson -- From Sketches of America / Henry Bradshaw Fearon -- From Journal of John James Audubon / John James Audubon -- "New Orleans in 1848" / Walt Whitman -- From Life on the Mississippi / Mark Twain -- Letter to Major Pond / George Washington Cable -- "A matter of prejudice" / Kate Chopin -- "Odalie" / Alice Dunbar-Nelson -- "Cherchez la femme" / O. Henry --"The battle of the handkerchiefs" / Adelaide Stuard Dimitry -- From The pleasant ways of St. Mâedard / Grace King -- "New Orleans, the Double dealer and the modern movement in America" / Sherwood Anderson -- "The glamour of New Orleans" / Lafcadio Hearn -- From Mosquitoes / William Faulkner -- From Fabulous New Orleans / Lyle Saxon -- From Mules and men / Zora Neale Hurston -- "New Orleans (1946)" / Truman Capote -- From Satchmo: my life in New Orleans / Louis Armstrong -- "Mornings on Bourbon Street" / Tennessee Williams -- From Half of paradise / James Lee Burke -- From An unfinished woman: a memoir / Lillian Hellman -- "Talk to the music" / Arna Bontemps -- "Secret messages" / Tom Dent -- From "Shrovetide in old New Orleans" / Ishmael Reed -- From A confederacy of dunces / John Kennedy Toole -- From The annunciation / Ellen Gilchrist -- From Almost innocent / Sheila Bosworth -- "The city of the dead" / Walker Percy -- "Relic" / Robert Olen Butler -- "The muse is always half-dressed in New Orleans" / Andrei Codrescu -- From Crooked man / Tony Dunbar -- From Glass house / Christine Wiltz -- "Faubourg" / Brenda Marie Osbey.