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Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s (Walter Lynwood Fleming Lectures in Southern History) Hardcover – September 17, 2012

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"What more could you ask for?--tales of the French Quarter in the 1920s as told with wit and insight by John Shelton Reed, author of books on the American South that surely define the region. He has brought to life a colorful and overlooked time and place in our country's cultural history."--Louise C. Hoffman, author of Josephine Crawford: An Artist's Vision

"John Shelton Reed is a renowned cultural essayist who writes as if he shared a balcony with the creative personalities who created a 1920s bohemian culture in the French Quarter. I can attest that Reed is too young a man for that. His generous viewfinder yields vivid profiles of young and struggling writers like Faulkner, Lyle Saxon, Hamilton Basso, and the artist Caroline Durieux, among many others. When I finished this book I felt as if a band was playing dirges for old friends passed away. But the cultural milieu they made, like the music, lives on."--Jason Berry, coauthor of Up from the Cradle of Jazz: New Orleans Music Since World War II

"This book is an informed and delightful addition for anyone who has ever lived in the French Quarter of New Orleans, or has felt the thrill of brushing against bohemia in any of its other hatcheries, whether New York's Greenwich Village, North Beach in San Francisco, or Montmartre and the Left Bank in Paris. The French Quarter has long nourished its artists, writers, and eccentrics, with anecdotal tidbits from earlier bohemias, but no one has, until now, given us a more concise and comprehensive picture of the mix of demimonde and haute culture of the 1920s circle that included William Faulkner and Sherwood Anderson. Dixie Bohemia is a superbly researched survey that resurrects the principal figures of the time and their far-flung connections and long-lasting influence."--Andrei Codrescu, author of Whatever Gets You through the Night: A Story of Sheherezade and the Arabian Entertainments

"John Shelton Reed is incapable of writing dull books, and Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s, an absorbing expansion of his 2011 Fleming Lectures at Louisiana State University, is no exception."--The Journal of Southern History

"Dixie Bohemia beckons the myriad readers who appreciate he culture and history of the Crescent City." --The Southern Literary Journal

John Shelton Reed is incapable of writing dull books, and Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s, an absorbing expansion of his 2011 Fleming Lectures at Louisiana State University, is no exception. --The Journal of Southern Hisotry

This book is an informed and delightful addition for anyone who has ever lived in the French Quarter of New Orleans, or has felt the thrill of brushing against bohemia in any of its other hatcheries, whether New York's Greenwich Village, North Beach in San Francisco, or Montmartre and the Left Bank in Paris. The French Quarter has long nourished its artists, writers, and eccentrics, with anecdotal tidbits from earlier bohemias, but no one has, until now, given us a more concise and comprehensive picture of the mix of demimonde and haute culture of the 1920s circle that included William Faulkner and Sherwood Anderson. Dixie Bohemia is a superbly researched survey that resurrects the principal figures of the time and their far-flung connections and long-lasting influence. --Andrei Codrescu, author of Whatever Gets You through the Night: A Story of Sheherezade and the Arabian Entertainments

About the Author

John Shelton Reed is William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a co-founder of the Center for the Study of the American South and the quarterly Southern Cultures. He has written or edited 19 books, most of them about the American South, and was recently Chancellor of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

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Product Details

  • Series: Walter Lynwood Fleming Lectures in Southern History
  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: LSU Press (September 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807147648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807147641
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,470,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The circle of artists, writers, socialites, and newspaper reporters that coalesced in the French Quarter in the early 1920s was vital to the preservation of the area, and the eventual designation as a historic district. This circle has been widely celebrated, but the details of their lives at the time and afterwords are little known. Mr. Reed has distilled a mountain of scholarship into a very readable volume that discusses first the "The Circle" as a group, and its context; then thumbnail biographies of each member throughout the remainder of their lives.
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This riveting book tells the story of an amazing group of people -- writers, artists, jewelry designers, actors, journalists -- who coalesced into a community in the glory days of the 1920's. Anyone who loves New Orleans, the Roaring Twenties, art, the theater, or literature will want to read this entertaining acccount.
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Excellent book! It was very interesting to me because I worked at the Times Picayune and knew some of the people and places mentioned in book.
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Overall a good read - a window into the bohemian circles of 1920's French Quarter New Orleans. The author takes pains to show how the coming together of place and people allowed a unique art scene to flourish - if only briefly - in the aftermath of WWI in America's most European city. The scene included William Faulkner, Oliver LaFarge and a host of regional artists and writers. It's a brief, though well-written view into a vanished world. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was I thought it was a little too brief!
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John Shelton Reed never disappoints. Here, one of the most perceptive observers of the South takes on the artistic circle of friends that formed around Sherwood Anderson, William Faulkner, and William Spratling in 1920s New Orleans. Worth reading for anyone interested in Southern history, New Orleans, or Southern literature. Almost gave this five stars, but honestly, I think some of Reed's other books are better.
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