"Just as Tennessee Williams' legendary heroine Blanche duBois followed the advice of strangers who suggested she 'take a streetcar named Desire, and then transfer to one called Cemeteries,' those who read "New Orleans Cemeteries" will be taken on a fascinating ride through places where memories of loved ones are still very much alive." -- The Times Picayune, New Orleans, September 28, 1997
<br /><br />"New Orleans Cemeteries: Life in the Cities of the Dead by brothers Robert and Mason Florence is a lavish volume overflowing with wonderful photographs of thirteen of the city's wonderful graveyards, as well as historical accounts of each site. Painstakingly assembled, this book is a must for anyone fascinated with this city's aboveground tombs. Yes, Anne Rice does pop up in the chapter on Lafayette Cemetery #1." -- Anne Rice's Vampire Lestat Fan Club Newsletter, Fall, 1997
<br /><br />"One doesn't need a sense of the macabre to appreciate the beauty of the cemeteries that constitute one of the Big Easy's distinguishing features. Filled with color and black and white photographs by Mason Florence of the area's above -ground tombs, the book explores the history, art and architecture of 13 burial grounds, as well as the people and traditions that bring them to life." --USA Today, Oct. 31, 1997
From the Author
What struck me most as I researched and wrote this book was how "alive" these remarkable cemeteries really are. In the book, I profile five very unique people who have touching and amazing stories to tell about their experiences and relationships with cemeteries. I wanted this book to be about people, and life, rather than the macabre aspects of death. Although the cemeteries in New Orleans are one of the city's biggest tourist attractions, I have been thanked by locals for documenting monuments which are such an integral part of the life of the city. Fifty-eight photographs from New Orleans Cemeteries: Life in the Cities of the Dead will be on display at the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans for one year so that visitors can see how extraordinary these burial grounds truly are.