More than a century after its publication, New Orleans As It
Was still sizzles with all the salient episodes that constitute the
charm of this unique metropolis of the South.
Author Henry C. Castellanos notes that some of the incidents described in
this classic volume are so startling, romantic and improbable that, "were
they not authenticated by undeniable proof, they might be taken as the
vaporings of an exuberant imagination."
First published in 1895, New Orleans As It Was vividly records
episodes of antebellum Louisiana life.
Castellanos believed he was living in a time of important
transition?that he was a connecting link between generations. His
book?written during a period of convalescence?offers accounts of
events that he witnessed, as well those unwritten tales he remembered hearing
in his boyhood days from his mother and grandmother. Thus, facts, events, and
personalities of Castellanos' tales were drawn not only from old records and
archives, but from oral recitals and traditions.
New Orleans As It Was includes such diverse elements of the
Crescent City's heritage as the dramatic and often tragic reminiscences of the
Old Parish Prison and successful transition into a new era by Mayor Louis
Phillippe Roffignac. This volume is a delightful tribute to the New Orleans
history not found in textbooks.
Henry C. Castellanos was one of New Orleans' most prominent citizens. He was
a lawyer, teacher, and journalist, serving for several years on the editorial
staff of the Louisiana Courier. At the time of his death in 1896, Castellanos
was planning on writing a series of books on the unwritten history of
Louisiana. Because of ill health, however, he was only able to complete
New Orleans As It Was, which endures today as a testament to his
NEW ORLEANS AS IT WAS
By Henry C. Castellanos
350 pp. 5? x 8?
First Pelican pb ed.
9 B/W photos-Index
EAN: 978-0-88289-787-5 pb