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Jay "Watson and Ann J. "Abadie

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781496802279

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496802279.001.0001

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“My New Orleans Gang”: Faulkner’s French Quarter Circle

“My New Orleans Gang”: Faulkner’s French Quarter Circle

(p.35) “My New Orleans Gang”: Faulkner’s French Quarter Circle
Faulkner's Geographies

John Shelton Reed

University Press of Mississippi

This essay examines the Bohemian scene that emerged in the French Quarter of New Orleans in the 1920s. Faulkner and his apartment mate William Spratling documented this world in Sherwood Anderson and Other Famous Creoles (1926), a book comprising sketches of their friends and associates. Within a context of prostitution and Prohibition, this was a light-hearted world of pranks and parties. The parties included dinners at Sherwood and Elizabeth Anderson’s apartment, an excursion on Lake Pontchartrain that provided the basis for Faulkner’s novel Mosquitoes, and costume balls that Faulkner attended but did not enjoy. All of this floated on a flood of illicit alcohol that Prohibition did little to stem. By the end of the 1920s the French Quarter, once a slum, had been gentrified or given over to tourism, and most working artists and writers, including Faulkner, had left.

Keywords:   New Orleans, French Quarter, William Spratling, Famous Creoles, Mosquitoes

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