Clerk of Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, 5. The genteel old lady is gone. Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for the City of New Orleans, New Orleans City Guide Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1938 , v-ix; and Senate. Some of Saxon's openness was owing to pressure from the Washington headquarters on local and state offices to be culturally inclusive in their coverage. White New Orleanians, many of them academics and society matrons, had been gathering up trickster tales and work song lyrics since before the turn of the twentieth century. He comes close to identifying with his African American informants. Most of the walking and car tours in the book can still be taken today.
Lyle Saxon at his little less racist than Gumbo Ya-Ya New Orleans infatuation. He was scornful of the popular histories authored at the height of his career, even after they garnered critical acclaim. Saxon was never this crude. When I heard this was being released, I went and bought it that day. No tour guide, before or since—and there have been several good ones—has done a better job mapping the Crescent City's fabled enjoyment culture.
The Great Depression did more than spur the rise of the modern American regulatory state; it also saw the federal government take some ownership of the country's historical and cultural memory. He was one of only four state project directors to remain in office for the duration of the Federal Writers' Project itself. Only someone who loves the city--resident and visitor alike--would want to travel back in time to learn the price of a taxi from Shushan Airport to downtown, or where the whites-only hospital and the Negro swimming area near the seawall were located. The Louisiana project, whose publications included books on both New Orleans and the whole state, was directed by novelist and historian Lyle Saxon, author of Fabulous New Orleans and Children of Strangers. Only someone who loves the city--resident and visitor alike--would want to travel back in time to learn the price of a taxi from Shushan Airport to downtown, or where the whites-only hospital and the Negro swimming area near the seawall were located. There were thematic and regional volumes, too, such as The Oregon Trail. But readers would do well to remember that what separates us from him is not superior enlightenment but time and circumstances.
The Louisiana Weekly, New Orleans' only black newspaper, published a glowing obituary when Saxon died in 1946. In 1938, under the direction of novelist and historian Lyle Saxon, The Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration produced this delightfully detailed portrait of New Orleans. Saxon's appreciative writing also drew to the Quarter in the early 1920s such major American writers as Sherwood Anderson, William Faulkner, and John Dos Passos, even Edmund Wilson breezing through on a busman's holiday. I never did know Lyle Saxon. Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration. Powell is professor of history at Tulane University, where he has taught since 1978. Saxon was one of them, and maybe the most highly regarded of the lot.
One product of these efforts was the , which covered all of the states and some major cities. But you can count on one hand the number of writers given high administrative responsibility. Some of the information is not found anywhere else and if you really want to understand your Crescent City, buy this. His family background was Baton Rouge shopkeeping. Containing recipes, photographs and folklore, it is consistently hailed as one of the best books produced about the city. But he went further, doubtless due to his own keenly felt marginality. Powell is a professor of history at Tulane University.
From all accounts, their interaction was of the unself-conscious variety. New Orleans Public Library, 6. I am a big fan of this series and have 5 or so originals, found after hours, weeks of bookstore searching here and elsewhere. Other periods in the city's past seemed squalid in comparison, especially Reconstruction. On several occasions Washington called for his assistance to troubleshoot guide work in nearby states where bottlenecks were choking off progress.
A pioneering local-color writer about Creole New Orleans and a public advocate for black equality in his native South during and after Reconstruction, George Washington Cable 1844--1925 depicted in his writing the clash between American newcomers and a quaint but proud French-speaking population in post--Louisiana Purchase New Orleans. It was as if he were striving to recreate the lifestyle of planter patriarchs who used to divide their time between big houses in the country and Creole mansions in town, or perhaps to relive the days when French chevaliers and Spanish dons lorded it over Louisiana. Charles Hotel, where he lived the last dozen years of his life, he hired a black valet and chauffeur named Joe Gilmore. For a program ostensibly aimed at helping professional writers weather the economic turbulence of the 1930s, few from those ranks were put in charge of state offices. Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing Company, 2003.
Part major-domo, part Rochester to Saxon's Jack Benny, Gilmore's principal tasks seem to have been preparing strong coffee in the morning, mixing absinthe frappés at night, and remaining on standby for jovial companionship. They are visible in Georgian-style post offices, and in huge train station murals splashed with the autumnal colors of rustic America bringing in the crop. They even kept him on the payroll after the Federal Writers' Project began winding down in the 1940s, one of only four state directors so honored. John Steinbeck was married in a French Quarter townhouse owned by Saxon. This is a fun book for people to read if they live in New Orleans and can orient themselves in the neighborhoods the writers mention. The move to the St. His specialties are the Civil War and Reconstruction; Southern history; Louisiana history and politics; and the Holocaust.