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"Cable's insistence upon social and moral realism in his work has led critics to identify him as the most important Southern writer of the late nineteenth century."

—from the foreword by Chance Harvey

George Washington Cable was one of the most influential and celebrated Southern writers of his day. Having served as a Confederate soldier, he returned home from war to support the local color movement. As a reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Cable wrote on local, literary, and social issues, some of which...

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Overview

"Cable's insistence upon social and moral realism in his work has led critics to identify him as the most important Southern writer of the late nineteenth century."

—from the foreword by Chance Harvey

George Washington Cable was one of the most influential and celebrated Southern writers of his day. Having served as a Confederate soldier, he returned home from war to support the local color movement. As a reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Cable wrote on local, literary, and social issues, some of which were controversial in contemporary Louisiana. The work of Cable, described as the first modern Southern writer, inspired later writers William Faulkner and Robert Penn Warren.

"The Solitary," "The Taxidermist," and "The Entomologist" all take place in South Louisiana and include Creole and German characters, among others. Each short story speaks to the same universal principle-they are tales of strong hearts. With a focus on the morality and the resilience of the soul, Cable highlights its complex and poetic nature. He simultaneously represents the unique personality of the South and the universality of the human condition.

In the foreword, Chance Harvey provides insight into Cable's life and work, treating this collection of short stories as an academic and historical text. Through use of "authentic dialect" and "accurate detail," she notes, Cable's short stories explore the realm where religion and poetry converge, creating a hybrid form of romantic fiction and moral realism. Harvey is a noted Lyle Saxon scholar whose fascination with Saxon began when she was a student at Tulane University and developed into a lifelong passion. She is the author of The Life and Selected Letters of Lyle Saxon, published by Pelican.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455619955
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/31/2014
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232

Meet the Author

One of the greatest and most celebrated Southern writers of his day, George Washington Cable (1844-1925) helped lead the local-color movement of the late 1800s with his pioneering use of dialect and his skill in the short-story form. After serving in the Confederate army, he began to write for the New Orleans Picayune. Cable has been called the most important Southern artist working in the late-nineteenth century, as well as the first modern Southern writer. A complete listing of his books published by Pelican is available by request.

Chance Harvey was a student at Tulane University when she came across a collection of letters addressed to Lyle Saxon. These letters began a fascination with Saxon that led her to a life-long passion and resulted in Saxon's biography, The Life and Selected Letters of Lyle Saxon, also published by Pelican. Harvey resides in Oxford, Mississippi.

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Table of Contents

The Solitary 1
The Taxidermist 51
The Entomologist 91
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