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“Should be required reading for visitors to New Orleans, especially those planning to take one of the ubiquitous ghost tours. Caroline Long’s imaginative reconstruction of the events of 1834 and her forceful argument for Madame Lalaurie’s guilt demonstrate that New Orleans history can haunt us without exaggerations or embellishments.”—Louisiana History


“Shed[s] light on what is fact and what is purely fiction in a tale that’s still told nightly on the streets of New Orleans.”—Deep South Magazine

About the Author

Carolyn Morrow Long is retired from the National Museum of American History. She is the author of Spiritual Merchants: Religion, Magic, and Commerce, and A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau

 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida (March 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813038065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813038063
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shayne on June 23, 2012
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After reading the author's wonderfully written biography on the life of Marie Laveau, I counted the days until this work was released. It is absolutely one of the best and most intriguing biographies I have read. This was a scholarly and suspenseful page turner. With each chapter, Carolyn Morrow Long delves deeper into what is the mystery of Delphine Macarty Lalaurie to lay her deeds bare to all.

I have been fascinated with this old tale of the Haunted House on Royal Street since I was a small child. Though these tales enthralled me as a kid I am now far more interested in truth than tall tale. Carolyn Morrow Long delivers truth in a way that makes you spend hours reading this book as if it were a carefully crafted mystery novel with a new clue on each page.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vermeer17 on June 12, 2012
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If you're at all interested in one of the most famous ghost stories in New Orleans, you need to pick up this book. Long does a phenomenal job of separating fact from fiction, which is not an easy task under any circumstances, but especially difficult when the event you're desribing took place in 1834. Her search for truth takes her from the heart of the French Quarter all the way to the suburbs of Paris, France. Learn the true story, the one that the tour guides mangle and other authors have failed to tell adequately.

At times it is a tad technical and dry, but it nonetheless does a wonderful job of dispelling the myths surrounding Madame Lalaurie, supposed murderess and quite possibly the most reviled New Orleanian in history.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Reeser on May 3, 2012
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I have finished the book, and cannot praise it highly enough! What the author has accomplished is extraordinary, from a writer's standpoint, managing to maintain a scholarly meticulousness, while presenting it in a popular, compelling fashion. I have recently returned from Paris, where -- so detailed and thorough was Ms. Long's research -- I was able even to visit and view the cemetery in which Madame Lalaurie's body was temporarily interred before its removal back to New Orleans for burial. From an editor's standpoint, the layout and aesthetic production of the book are free from annoyance, as well, with nary a misplaced jot or tittle. Her biography on the New Orleans voodoo maven Marie Laveau will surely be the very next book I buy, and I will surely recommend the Lalaurie biography to any who will listen.

-- Jennifer Reeser, poet, translator and former editor
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Jackson on August 3, 2013
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I read Mad Madame Lalaurie by Victoria Cosner and Lorelei Shannon a couple of years ago and I was disappointed by their speculative, poorly written and executed work. So much so that I did not finish the book (a rarity for me). Having read and recommended Morrow-Long's, A New Orleans Voodoo Priestess, I knew that she would let her meticulous research inform the the reader instead of conjecture. Let me just say - I have been glued to this book for the past few days! If you've been to New Orleans, you've been to the house on the corner of Royal and wondered if the macabre stories bear any validity. I now have an answer - and the truth, in this case, is scarier than fiction.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kathy F. Cannata on October 30, 2012
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The subject, subtitle and cover art made me expect kind of a tabloid approach, but this is a scholarly, well-written, heavily footnoted book. Indeed 184pp of text get 50pp of endnotes.

I found it kind of slow moving, and the massive cast of characters she examines can be confusing. But it was a very good window into New Orleans French society, race, etc.

Long takes nothing for granted, but patiently hunts down each rumor and legend, and examines them carefully with reference to the best sources. She is sober in her judgments and very balances.

The famous house of Ms. Lalaurie is a cornerstone of every French Quarter ghost tour. Its romance drew Nicholas Cage to buy (and sell) it a few years ago. But the real story is a whole lot bigger, and more interesting than that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Virgadamo on November 22, 2014
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Being that I have the only known screenplay that documents the legend of Delphine LaLaurie, I had so much research to do in order to do the story and the victims true justice. This books uncovers where all the elements of the legend originated from via newspaper articles, tour guides, and internet sites, and gets to be real truth of what happened the morning of April 10th, 1834. Utilizing New Orleans and Missouri public records as well as family letters and genealogists in France to find the descendants of the family while she also tracks what happened to the slaves that were present at the time.

I have spent 20+ hours interviewing New Orleans tour guides, reviewing maps of the home and neighborhood, and reading more than 10+ books on the subject; all of which were shallow in comparison to the facts that Long reveals in this book.

For anyone that is truly interested in Delphine LaLaurie, let this be the first place that you go to for information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Avid Crime Reader on January 15, 2014
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Great read. I've read several accounts of the Lalaurie case, and am astounded at the inaccuracy of information surrounding the case.
Carolyn Morrow Long has done a grand job of presenting the facts, without the novel becoming a boring history lesson.
An informative and satisfying read. A story that cries out to be made into screenplay... I'm very tempted.

AJB
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