- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: February 2023
- Print publication year: 2023
- Online ISBN: 9781009057493
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009057493
The neighborhoods of New Orleans have given rise to an extraordinary outpouring of important writing. Over the last century and a half or so, these stories and songs have given the city its singular place in the human imagination. This book leads the reader along five thoroughfares that define these different parts of town – Royal, St. Claude, Esplanade, Basin, and St. Charles – to explore how the writers who have lived around them have responded in closely related ways to the environments they share. On the outskirts of New Orleans today, the city's precarious relation to its watery surroundings and the vexed legacies of race loom especially large. But the city's literature shows us that these themes have been near to hand for New Orleans writers for several generations, whether reflected through questions of masquerade, dreams of escape, the innocence of children, or the power of money or of violence or of memory.
David Simon Source: The Wire and Tremé
Jesmyn Ward - two-time winner of the National Book Award
Rickie Lee Jones - Two-time Grammy Winner
Richard Campanella - two-time winner of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Book-of-the-Year-Award
Ladee Hubbard - Guggenheim Fellow
Ned Sublette - Guggenheim Fellow, historian, composer, film-maker, and Afro-Pop Worldwide radio producer
Zachary Lazar - Winner of the John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters
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