A fascinating volume, Old Louisiana
chronicles much of the state’s history. Vignettes depict the early French settlers, the later Spanish rulers, and the rise and collapse of the great plantation era.
Bringing to light old diaries, letters, and other rare sources, Saxon creates a sensitive and realistic portrait of this charming, colorful state and its people. The reader meets daring pioneers, hot-tempered duellists, aristocratic planters, rough-hewn river men, and Creole beauties.
Both of these classic works include E. H. Suydam’s haunting, detailed illustrations, which bring Saxon’s prose to life.
About the Author
Lyle Saxon (1891-1946) is renowned as one of Louisiana’s foremost authors. He was the central figure in the state’s literary community during the 1920s and 1930s, and was well-known as a raconteur and bon vivant. He divided his time between his house in New Orleans and a cottage on the Melrose Plantation near Nachitoches. Among his other works are Father Mississippi, Lafitte the Pirate, Children of Strangers, and Joe Gilmore and His Friends. He collaborated with Edward Dreyer and Robert Tallant on the perennial favorite Gumbo Ya-Ya. During the 1930s he headed the Louisiana WPA Writers Project, which produced the WPA Guide to Louisiana and the WPA Guide to New Orleans.
By Lyle Saxon
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / South
448 pp. 6 x 9
ISBN: 9780882897059 pb