This is an altogether engaging collection of ruminations on early New Orleans writers—George Washington Cable, Grace King, Lafcadio Hearn, and Kate Chopin—as well as three prolific twentieth-century authors who called New Orleans “home” at various times: William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, and Walker Percy. In the book’s final essay, Lewis P. Simpson reflects on the history of New Orleans as a literary center, giving special emphasis to Percy’s The Moviegoer and John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces.
Richard S. Kennedy (1920–2002) was the author of Dreams in the Mirror: A Biography of E. E. Cummings and The Window of Memory: A Literary Biography of Thomas Wolfe. He also edited the collection Literary New Orleans: Essays and Meditations. He was a professor emeritus of English at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Praise for Literary New Orleans
“A fine tribute to that great city New Orleans, written by the city’s most renowned contemporary commentators. . . . Kennedy’s collection is full of gems.”—American Studies
“What a trip to New Orleans! No heat, no humidity, no hangover. I did it all without leaving my house.”—Memphis Commercial Appeal
“Historical place is given brilliant examination [here].”—American Literary Scholarship
“A truly delightful book.”—Mississippi Quarterly
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