The Grandissimes


Criticized in 1880 for its portrayal of forbidden love and the clash of cultures, this novel is now considered a masterful critique of racial and social inequality.

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The Grandissimes

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Criticized in 1880 for its portrayal of forbidden love and the clash of cultures, this novel is now considered a masterful critique of racial and social inequality.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565549012
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Series: Pelican Pouch Series
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 1,191,653
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 4.10 (d)

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.

Kenneth Holditch is a Research Professor Emeritus at the University of New Orleans, where he has taught for thirty-two years. He is the founding editor of The Tennessee Williams Journal and has published numerous short stories, articles, and critical essays. He is a founder of the Tennessee Williams Festivals in New Orleans and in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and is also a founding member of the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society. He is currently at work on a biography of John Kennedy Toole.

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Table of Contents

I. Masked Batteries 1
II. The Fate of the Immigrant 11
III. "And who is my Neighbor?" 20
IV. Family Trees 23
V. A Maiden who will not Marry 34
VI. Lost Opportunities 41
VII. Was it Honore Grandissime? 46
VIII. Signed--Honore Grandissime 55
IX. Illustrating the Tractive Power of Basil 58
X. "Oo dad is, 'Sieur Frowenfel'?" 67
XI. Sudden Flashes of Light 72
XII. The Philosophe 76
XIII. A Call from the Rent-Spectre 83
XIV. Before Sunset 94
XV. Rolled in the Dust 104
XVI. Starlight in the rue Chartres 123
XVII. That Night 128
XVIII. New Light upon Dark Places 143
XIX. Art and Commerce 156
XX. A very Natural Mistake 166
XXI. Doctor Keene Recovers his Bullet 177
XXII. Wars within the Breast 181
XXIII. Frowenfeld Keeps his Appointment 187
XXIV. Frowenfeld Makes an Argument 192
XXV. Aurora as a Historian 204
XXVI. A Ride and a Rescue 208
XXVII. The Fete de Grandpere 221
XXVIII. The Story of Bras-Coupe 240
XXIX. The Story of Bras-Coupe, Continued 262
XXX. Paralysis 281
XXXI. Another Wound in a New Place 288
XXXII. Interrupted Preliminaries 293
XXXIII. Unkindest Cut of All 296
XXXIV. Clotilde as a Surgeon 299
XXXV. "Fo' wad you Cryne?" 305
XXXVI. Aurora's Last Picayune 310
XXXVII. Honore Makes some Confessions 316
XXXVIII. Tests of Friendship 325
XXXIX. Louisiana States her Wants 337
XL. Frowenfeld Finds Sylvestre 343
XLI. To Come to the Point 352
XLII. An Inheritance of Wrong 361
XLIII. The Eagle Visits the Doves in their Nest 369
XLIV. Bad for Charlie Keene 384
XLV. More Reparation 386
XLVI. The Pique-en-terre Loses One of her Crew 390
XLVII. The News 401
XLVIII. An Indignant Family and a Smashed Shop 403
XLIX. Over the New Store 414
L. A Proposal of Marriage 419
LI. Business Changes 426
LII. Love Lies-a-Bleeding 431
LIII. Frowenfeld at the Grandissime Mansion 438
LIV. "Cauldron Bubble" 446
LV. Caught 449
LVI. Blood for a Blow 457
LVII. Voudou Cured 464
LVIII. Dying Words 470
LIX. Where some Creole Money Goes 477
LX. "All Right" 481
LXI. "No!" 486
"They paused a little within the obscurity of the corridor, and just to reassure themselves that everything was 'all right'"
"She looked upon an unmasked, noble countenance, lifted her own mask a little, and then a little more; and then shut it quickly" 10
"The daughter of the Natchez sitting in majesty, clothed in many-colored robes of shining feathers crossed and recrossed with girdles of serpent-skins and of wampum" 11
"Aurora,--alas! alas!--went down upon her knees with her gaze fixed upon the candle's flame" 102
"The young man with auburn curls rested the edge of his burden upon the counter, tore away its wrappings and disclosed a painting" 103
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