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, Charles Bukowski, John Kennedy Toole, Anatole Broyard, Anne Rice, and many more.
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