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LYLE SAXON'S TIMELESS impressions of colorful New Orleans, first recorded more than half a century ago, not only reveal inherent mystery and frivolity, but also recall the city's elaborate history, spanning more than two cen-turies and three cultures.

The various aspects of the French, Spanish, and Creole societies, which continue to define today's city, are documented here through wide-ranging vignettes of daily life and elaborate rituals. A view of the Creole courtyard, an account of the first settlers, and a glimpse of the Zulu parade are typical of the many episodes from which the spirit of the city emerges.

The great charm and spirit of "the city that care forgot" are reflected vividly in the quaint sketches of E. H. Suydam. He portrays the timeless and exotic aspects of New Orleans, along with the carefree atmosphere that lingers today.
Saxon's wonderful tales of the city and its people chronicle the splendor, vivacity, and excitement that have always characterized New Orleans. This spirit not only has endured in the decades since Saxon's time, but con-tinues to flourish today.

Saxon is also the author of Old Louisiana, Gumbo Ya- Ya, Lafitte the Pirate, and Children of Strangers, all of which have also been reprinted by Pelican Publishing Company.

About the Author

Lyle Saxon (1891-1946) ranks among Louisiana's most outstanding writers. During the 1920s and 1930s he was the central figure in the regionís literary community, and was widely known as a raconteur and bon vivant. In addition to Father Mississippi, Lafitte the Pirate, and Children of Strangers, he also wrote Fabulous New Orleans, Old Louisiana, The Friends of Joe Gilmore, and was a co-author of Gumbo Ya-Ya, with Edward Dreyer and Robert Tallant. During the Depression, he directed the state WPA Writers Project, which produced the WPA Guide to Louisiana and the WPA Guide to New Orleans.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing; Pelican pbk. ed edition (December 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882897063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882897066
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #810,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "kellyw" on March 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
Having been raised in the north, I had very little idea or interest in the history of New Orleans. Upon visiting this wonderous city for a business trip years ago, I was fasinated and intriquied by the dreamlike quality this city exists in. A strange mixture of past and present, of mixed cultures and traditions and the feeling that ghosts are at every corner. I found Lyle Saxon's book at our local library by accident, the version published in 1928. The first chapter had me glued to a book for the first time in years. Reading about his own adventures in New Orleans, abet generations before my time, brought a familiar sense that has stayed with me since that first visit. it may be difficult to read this book and visualize if you haven't been, and if you have been, it's like remembering a beautiful dream or a part of your childhood you had forgotten. Visit the city and then buy this book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 2000
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When my mother-in-law was growing up in the 20's and 30's in Shreveport, LA, this book was considered the most authentic story of slavery and customs of the area. The other book by Lyle Saxon she remembers is "Old Lousiana." I'm ordering both for her.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Wilson on September 18, 2006
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absolutely incredible! the book is as mesmerizing as the City herself. lyle saxon's personal accounts make this book so much more than just a history lesson. i highly recommend it!
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