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Cable and Hearn

Cable and Hearn

Chapter:
(p.93) Chapter Eight Cable and Hearn
Source:
Louisiana Creole Literature
Author(s):
Catharine Savage Brosman
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617039102.003.0008

George Washington Cable and Lafcadio Hearn are treated in detail here. While not Creoles themselves, they are among the most important English-language authors of nineteenth-century Creole Louisiana, and their arrival on the literary scene marked the ascent of English as a literary language there. Cable’s short fiction, including Madame Delphine, is reviewed and his novel Les Grandissimes, concerning the period just after the Louisiana Purchase was signed, receives lengthy examination. The Bras-Coupé episode is singled out for study, and the caste system is noted in particular. A defaming pamphlet by Adrien Rouquette on Les Grandissimes gets careful attention. Hearn’s journalistic career in New Orleans and his novel Chita: A Memory of Last Island, are summarized, the latter in connection with hurricane literature.

Keywords:   George Washington Cable, Les Grandissimes, Adrien Rouquette, Lafcadio Hearn, Hurricane literature

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