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King, Stuart, and Others

King, Stuart, and Others

(p.131) Chapter Eleven King, Stuart, and Others
Louisiana Creole Literature
Catharine Savage Brosman
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter deals with the careers and work of three conservative Anglophone fiction writers from the last decades of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Grace King, Sallie Rhett Roman, and Ruth McEnery Stuart. None was of an ethnic Creole family, but they had Creole connections and wrote on Creole society, which they knew well. King’s Balcony Stories, Monsieur Motte, and Tales of a Time and Place , all of which depict the New Orleans Creole world and the enduring caste system, receive close attention. Stuart’s The Story of Babette, a Little Creole Girl, is likewise examined. By close reading and identification of critics’ presentism, the chapter responds to accusations of racism and sexism made by Helen Taylor, A. S. Elfenbein, and others against King and Stuart. King’s “The Little Convent Girl” is compared to stories by George Washington Cable.

Keywords:   Grace King, Ruth Stuart, Monsieur Motte, Racism and sexism, Presentism

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