New Orleans Literary Tour
(Walking Tour) by Reservation Only

“New Orleans isn’t like other cities.”
(Stella DuBois) - Tennessee Williams

“The city where imagination takes precedence over fact.” - William Faulkner

 
 
       
 


 LES CENELLES, First published volume of poetry by
African-Americans, 1845
 


Walt Whitman’s LEAVES OF GRASS, inspired by his experience
in New Orleans
       
   

 

Although the Crescent City is most renowned for its music, cuisine and architecture, New Orleans’ literary heritage is as significant as that of any American city. Join us to trace the footsteps and visit the inspirational haunts of the regional writers who have defined literature itself. The roster is prodigious and staggering, a sample of which includes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Mark Twain, the poets of "Les Cenelles," Kate Chopin, George Washington Cable, Grace King, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Lafcadio Hearn, O. Henry, Alice Dunbar Nelson, Sherwood Anderson, William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Francis Parkinson Keyes, Tennessee Williams, Lillian Hellman, Truman Capote, John Kennedy Toole, Anatole Broyard, Anne Rice, and many more.



New Orleanian Alice Dunbar Nelson, whose THE GOODNESS OF ST. ROCH was the first collection of short stories by a black woman published in America
   
  THE DOUBLE DEALER, Founded in 1921, an incubator of local literary culture and a conduit of Modernism which published the works of Sherwood Anderson William Faulkner,  Robert Penn WarrenErnest HemingwayDjuna BarnesBabette DeutschThornton WilderHart Crane, Ezra Pound, John Dos Passos, and many other writers
 

 



IGNATIUS J. REILLY STATUE
(A CONFEDARACY OF DUNCES BY JOHN KENNEDY TOOLE)
We also cover the city’s contemporary writers achieving heights today in every literary genre.

“Times are not good here. The city is crumbing into ashes. It has been buried under a lava flood of taxes and frauds and maladministration so that is has become only a study for archaeologists. Its condition is so bad that when I write about it, as I intend to do soon, nobody will believe I am telling the truth. But it is better to live here in a sack cloth and ashes than to own the whole state of Ohio.”


- Lafcadio Hearn

 
 


“New Orleans: A courtesan, not old and yet no longer young, who shuns the sunlight that the illusion of her former glory be preserved. The mirrors in her house are dim and the frames are tarnished; all her house is dim and beautiful with age. She reclines gracefully upon a dull brocaded chaise-lounge, there is the scent of incense about her, and her draperies are arranged in formal folds. She lives in an atmosphere of a bygone and more graceful age.”

- William Faulkner

“Don't you just love those long rainy afternoons in New Orleans when an hour isn't just an hour – but a little piece of eternity dropped into your hands – and who knows what to do with it?”

- Tennessee Williams (Blanche DuBois)



CONCEIVED IN THE FRENCH QUARTER

 

 Tennessee Williams and Pancho Rodriguez in Jackson Square

 


 
         
 
 

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NEW ORLEANS LITERARY TOUR
(WALKING TOUR)



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