A native of California, Stanley Clisby Arthur spent several years as a
journalist as well as a war correspondent in the Philippines during the
Spanish-American War. Arthur arrived in Louisiana in 1915 and came to view it as
his adopted home, dedicating much of his life to documenting its customs,
culture, and history.
According to the introduction to Walking Tours of Old New Orleans, Arthur's greatest talent lay in his "ability to delve into
neglected historical sources and give life to the facts within." Walking
Tours of Old New Orleans offers insights and facts about the city of New
Orleans and its history. Famous New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix 'Em relates the recipes and histories behind 139 New Orleans concoctions. Old
Families of Louisiana details the histories and
genealogies of prominent New Orleans families who settled in the city prior to
Arthur was the head of the Louisiana Fish and Wildlife Department for many
years. His love of the outdoors is reflected in his novel about naturalist John
Audubon, titled Audubon: An Intimate Life of the American Woodsman.
During the Great Depression, Arthur was appointed regional director of the
Survey of Federal Archives. This allowed him to delve even more deeply into the
history of New Orleans and Louisiana, and he published several more historical
works. Stanley Clisby Arthur died in 1963 at the age of eighty-eight.
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