Robert Tallant (1909-57), one of Louisiana's best-known authors, participated in the WPA Writers Project during the 1930s and 1940s. Besides Mardi Gras . . . As It Was , Tallant also wrote Voodoo in New Orleans , The Voodoo Queen , and The Pirate Lafitte and the Battle of New Orleans , all published by Pelican. With Lyle Saxon and Edward Dreyer he coauthored the famous Pelican collection Gumbo Ya-Ya: Folk Tales of Louisiana .
Lyle Saxon (1891-1946) ranks among Louisiana's most outstanding writers. During the 1920s and 1930s he was the central figure in the region's literary community, and was widely known as a raconteur and bon vivant. In addition to Father Mississippi , Lafitte the Pirate ($14.95 pb), and Children of Strangers ($12.95 pb) , he also wrote Fabulous New Orleans ($12.95 pb), Old Louisiana ($12.95 pb), The Friends of Joe Gilmore ($15.95 pb (F)) , and was a co-author of Gumbo Ya-Ya ($17.95 pb) with Edward Dreyer and Robert Tallant. During the Depression, he directed the state WPA Writers Project, which produced the WPA Guide to Louisiana and the WPA Guide to New Orleans.