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Louisiana Creole LiteratureA Historical Study$
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Catharine Savage Brosman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617039102

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617039102.001.0001

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Cable and Hearn

Cable and Hearn

(p.93) Chapter Eight Cable and Hearn
Louisiana Creole Literature

Catharine Savage Brosman

University Press of Mississippi

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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