Please join us for a signing with Dr. Nancy Dixon, Editor of N.O. LIT: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature.
N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature is, quite simply, the most comprehensive collection of the literature of New Orleans ever. Designed as an introduction for scholars and a pleasure for everyone, this volume will set the standard for years to come.
Writers from around the world have long been drawn to New Orleans, but not until N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature, edited by Nancy Dixon, has their work been collected in a single volume. Dixon has gathered some of the most prominent writers long associated with New Orleans, like Lafcadio Hearn, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, and Eudora Welty, but perhaps more fascinating are the ones we can discover for the first time, like the writers of Les Cenelles, French Creoles of color who published the first anthology of African American literature in 1845, or Los Isleños, descendents of the 17th-century Spanish immigrants from the Canary Islands, still a close-knit community today. From the first play ever performed in New Orleans in 1809, through Tom Dent’s compelling 1967 drama of violence in the streets, Ritual Murder, this collection traces the city’s history through its authors.
I’ve been waiting for this book a long time because it’s the first resource to bring together in a single volume the chronological and stylistic range of two centuries of New Orleans literature. The editor’s introduction is also an excellent invitation into the corpus of New Orleans literature as it pertains to a prevailing sense of the city today—to itself, to America, and the world. This will undoubtedly become the standard text for introductory courses in New Orleans literature, a field which no one has done more to define, shape, and promote than Nancy Dixon.
—C.W. Cannon, Loyola University New Orleans, author of Soul Resin.
Authors Featured in the Collection
|Paul LeBlanc De Villeneufve
Thomas Wharton Collens
The Poets of Les Cenelles
Charles Alfred Mercier
Sallie Rhett Roman
George Washington Cable
Ruth McEnery Stuart
|Alice Dunbar Nelson|
Frances Parkinson Keyes
Los Isleños Décimas
Shirley Ann Grau
Nancy Dixon has been studying and writing about New Orleans literature, culture, and history for over twenty years. Her book, Fortune and Misery: Sallie Rhett Roman of New Orleans, (LSUP 1999), won the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) Humanities Book of the Year award in 2000.
(This book cannot be returned.)
N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature is, quite simply, the most comprehensive collection of the literature of New Orleans ever. Designed as an introduction for scholars and a pleasure for everyone, this volume will set the standard for years to come. Writers from around the world have long been drawn to New Orleans, but not until N.O.