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Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s

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In the years following World War I, the New Orleans French Quarter attracted artists and writers with its low rents, faded charm, and colorful street life. By the 1920s Jackson Square had become the center of a vibrant if short-lived bohemia. A young William Faulkner and his roommate William Spratling, an artist who taught at Tulane University, resided among the "artful ...more
Hardcover, 334 pages
Published September 17th 2012 by Louisiana State University Press
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Nov 29, 2016 Lulu rated it really liked it
An interesting read about the circle of writers, artists, socialites, and students whose activities, produced works, and over-the-top parties combined to give the French Quarter a bohemian feel back in the 1920s. Author Reed's voice is engaging and humorous and this book made me want to learn more about some of the larger-than-life people who were part of this Dixie Bohemia.
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Sep 19, 2014 Tara Busch rated it liked it
Reed's book evolved after he was asked to be the first Sociologist to give the Louisiana State University Fleming Lectures of Southern History and is told as a story of people and their reciprocal connection to New Orleans, the French Quarter and each other. Armed with a cast of fun characters, set in Jazz age New Orleans, Reed's Dixie is the story of a fun, fleeting and artistically bountiful time in the Crescent City.
Reed knits together the individual stories of each unique and lovingly articu
Feb 28, 2013 April rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, nola
Dixie Bohemia is a fascinating analysis of the inter-war French Quarter. Much of this book is actually "The Annotated Sherwood Anderson and Other Famous Creoles," which is interesting as a "Who's Who" of this fleeting social scene providing context for each person's inclusion in Spratling and Faulkner's original Famous Creoles gallery of caricatures. I highly suggest pairing the two for maximum voyeuristic immersion into this Bohemian interlude but Reed does include Spratling's illustrations wit ...more
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Dec 15, 2012 Moira Crone rated it it was amazing
I found this book really fascinating. It involves the history of New Orleans in the twenties, when so many artists congregated here, and went on to marvelous careers including Faulkner, William Spratling, Caroline Duriex, and many others.
If you are interested in New Orleans, in artistic communities, in how writers interact, and how communities support them, this book is for you.
One thing about New Orleans I have noticed, as a resident, is that being an artist is encouraged by people of all clas
May 20, 2013 Sean rated it really liked it
John Shelton Reed never disappoints. Here, one of the most perceptive observers of the South takes on the artistic circle of friends that formed around Sherwood Anderson, William Faulkner, and William Spratling in 1920s New Orleans.
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New Orleans has infinite layers to its history and this is just one of many that go easily and unfortunately overlooked. This collection will make even virgins to the city crave a visit.
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