Literary New Orleans in the Modern World

Overview

Cleanth Brooks may have summarized it best: "New Orleans has become one of the cities of the mind, and is therefore immortal." Its writers make it so. Like Richard S. Kennedy's earlier collection Literary New Orleans, these nine essays explore the belletristic Crescent City — its history, authors, myths, and realities. This volume focuses on twentieth-century New Orleans, beginning with modernism's brief blooming in the 1920s, followed by the fading of New Orleans's peculiarly dreamy romanticism and the ...

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Overview

Cleanth Brooks may have summarized it best: "New Orleans has become one of the cities of the mind, and is therefore immortal." Its writers make it so. Like Richard S. Kennedy's earlier collection Literary New Orleans, these nine essays explore the belletristic Crescent City — its history, authors, myths, and realities. This volume focuses on twentieth-century New Orleans, beginning with modernism's brief blooming in the 1920s, followed by the fading of New Orleans's peculiarly dreamy romanticism and the flourishing of a distinctive realism, and concluding with a recurrence and transformation of the earlier romantic strain in contemporary Gothic and mystery fiction. Literary New Orleans in the Modern World provides chapters in the history of a unique American city, written in the very spirit of New Orleans as it has cast its spell on writers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807131596
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 3/21/2006
  • Series: Southern Literary Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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.

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Table of Contents

Preface
The Most Civilized Spot in America: Sherwood Anderson in New Orleans 1
The Double Dealer and the Little-Magazine Tradition in New Orleans 23
Paris in My Own Backyard: Hamilton Basso 36
Fillalloo Bird of New Orleans: Lillian Hellman 54
The Neo-African Vatican: Zora Neale Hurston's New Orleans 66
Shared Traditions and Common Concerns: The African American Literary Community in Twentieth-Century New Orleans 83
Another Kind of Confederacy: John Kennedy Toole 102
Roadwalker in the Magic Kingdom: Shirley Ann Grau 123
Latter-Day Creoles: A New Age of New Orleans Literature 136
Contributors 167
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