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From dicey red light district to historic tourist destination, the story of the Quarter's transformative century

About the Author

Scott S. Ellis is an independent researcher in Panama City, Florida.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (December 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604733586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604733587
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in 1955 in France, where my family lived. Oddly enough, just outside the original Orleans, and so it was fitting that I wound up in New Orleans in the New World.

I lived in the Quarter in the mid 80s, and I've been running the streets of New Orleans since 1982. I'm not the first person to fall in love with Madame Vieux Carre, but I found that history book coverage is sparse after the end of Reconstruction. So, in 2003 I set out to write her story from 1900 up 'til 2007.

Both casual readers and academics will enjoy it. It's lively, loving, (but very frank), and the sources are documented (for you in academia, it's done to a modified CMS pattern).

The book was published in December 2009. An excerpt from the most recent review is on the book website,

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cuz Nelson on December 30, 2009
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I always approach films and books that use New Orleans as a setting prepared to be disappointed. The great majority of the time the preparation was not in vain. Scott Ellis's book on a place I lived in for several years and still love is not a disappointment, it is the opposite. Scott has brought together the careful research, flawlessly flowing narrative and love and compassion for this unique space in America that has been missing. To read it is to hear the family stories of past generations for the first time, including the ones no one ever wanted to talk about but all the more interesting for that. Thank you, Mr. Ellis. We are proud to claim you as friend and family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. S. Todd, Jr. on March 28, 2010
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Ellis' style of writing is informative yet entertaining. His story took me down memory lane as I relived my years in the French Quarter as an adolescent in the early 1960's.

When reading his book be prepared to look-up words, rather esoteric words as far as I am concerned, to fully enjoy the book's contents.

Slater
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dale Irvin on August 2, 2010
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The rich detail in Scott Ellis' examination of this period of the French Quarter's history makes it easy to transport yourself back to each of the eras discussed. The book is obviously written by someone with a long standing love affair with Madame Vieux Carre and gives the reader a clear insight into why, despite her character flaws, the charming side of the old girl always wins out, and her power as a seductress remains firmly intact.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Revekant on March 23, 2011
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Madame Vieux Carre is a great book and a rich history of the French Quarter. The author gives wonderful details about a city that never should have been; location, poverty, and politics all work against New Orleans and yet the city thrives. The first part of the book introduces the reader to a Vieux Carre that is almost fully formed into the idea many people have of it today, but gives the history and meaning as to why the people of the Quarter and New Orleans as a whole reacted to events in the way that they did. It informs of a time and of a culture that nurtured Falkner and Tennessee Williams later. It removes some of the mystery behind the Quarter, but reveals that the truth is so much more interesting.

The second part pulls a little bit away from the people and focuses more on the politics; which is why I'm giving this book 4 stars. I was so enthralled with the history and the people that I was disappointed the author shifted gears to the dirty politics that engulf the Quarter because there was nothing new to learn, states that have only one big city always suffers greed and corruption to keep everyone else afloat. For people just visiting New Orleans today the politics do help answer questions one might have about the "way of things", I also never knew anyone would seriously consider putting an expressway and exit ramp right up against the Vieux Carre, score one for local politics.

All in all a good read, but be warned lay-man history buffs, a third of the book is bibliography so you're not getting full a history as you might think.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Kellogg on July 11, 2010
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With the advent of the excellent HBO series Treme (which you should check out), there is a renewed interest in the Vieux Carre. The Katrina Disaster was ( and remains) outrageous, but this book wisely focuses on the prior history of everyone's favorite unique city. This book isn't exactly a tour book, but instead captures the flavor of the Quarter as only a frequent visitor or resident can. I lived in New Orleans for over twenty years and still love to visit as often as possible.

This is the type book you would want to read if you were considering a long visit or trying to remember a vacation. Some may quibble about a minor fact or two (were there automobiles in the Quarter in the first decades of the last century?) Yes, and Ellis' book doesn't say otherwise as far as I can tell), but this book remains a wonderful and memorable read.

I should note that Ellis used me as a source on a couple of points, but that doesn't prejudice my view. This is a well researched, atmospheric read that all should enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By clanmclaurin on August 3, 2010
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Being from north Louisiana and only visiting New Orleans once in a while, I found this book about the French Quarter to be really informative and insightful. Having read fiction centered in the Quarter, this book helped me understand the development of the area, the politics and "characters". I read it through the first time and recently I have gone back to the book to re-read areas of special interest. I encourage anyone with an interest in the French Quarter or New Orleans in general to pick up this interesting book. It is obvious a lot of research went into it...and Love!
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