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Madame Lalaurie, Mistress of the Haunted House

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  68 ratings  ·  21 reviews
ebook, 280 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by University Press of Florida
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April
The legend of Madame Delphine Macarty Lalaurie began when her French Quarter home caught fire in 1834. The flames exposed seven starved and tortured slaves chained in the service quarters. Public outrage resulted in further demolition of the property and insistence of criminal prosecution. Lalaurie fled to Paris and remained in exile for the rest of her life. The house on Royal was rebuilt and has gone through several owners since that fateful day. It is believed by many to be haunted or, at the ...more
Jennifer
I have finished the book, and cannot praise it highly enough! What the author has accomplished is extraordinary, from a writer's standpoint, managing to maintain a scholarly meticulousness, while presenting it in a popular, compelling fashion. I have recently returned from Paris, where -- so detailed and thorough was Ms. Long's research -- I was able even to visit and view the cemetery in which Madame Lalaurie's body was temporarily interred before its removal back to New Orleans for burial. Fro ...more
Sandy
There are so many books out there that discuss the infamous Lalaurie Mansion. I like this particular book because Carolyn Long has done much research on the life of Delphine Lalaurie. She has obtained documentation including newspaper articles, letters from families, and archives to support details of the Delphine Lalaurie, her life in New Orleans, the fire of the Lalaurie home in 1834, and her exile and life in France.

What I especially like about this book is that she organizes the book so wel
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Jackie
This was a very thorough book (almost too thorough- the amount of detail and family history is sometimes overwhelming) about the mysterious Madame Lalaurie, who allegedly brutally tortured and murdered her slaves. Walking you through Lalaurie's family background, the author attempts to shed some light on the woman who would become known as a monster and her motivations for her actions. While the author does not have much new information on the case, and is able to definitively prove very little, ...more
Jennifer Blake
A scholarly yet fascinating account of the life, times and misdeeds of Delphine Lalaurie, the most infamous French-Creole lady in antebellum New Orleans. Meticulous historical research placed the subject firmly in her time period and milieu -- but without leaving out the gossipy scandals going on behind closed doors. The psychological insights into Delphine's character and motivation were particularly intriguing. I also appreciated the light cast on the accuracy, or otherwise, of previous versio ...more
James Caskey
If you're at all interested in one of the most famous ghost stories in New Orleans, you need to pick up this book. Long does a phenomenal job of separating fact from fiction, which is not an easy task under any circumstances, but especially difficult when the event you're desribing took place in 1834. Her search for truth takes her from the heart of the French Quarter all the way to the suburbs of Paris, France. Learn the true story, the one that the tour guides mangle and other authors have fai ...more
Tyler
Scholarly history of the infamous Madame Lalurie. The author's research is impeccable and this is the history as be can best know it. Nothing is certain other than her disgrace after the fire. In general, the tale seems to be largely true other than a few side-tales. The condition of the slaves seems to have been embellished over the years but there are reasons to believe many died shortly after the fire pointing to inhumane treatment. Her marriage to Monsier Lalurie seems to have been in rocky ...more
Anne
This book is more or less exactly what it purports to be, an exhaustive attempt to find the truth behind a compelling New Orleans legend, although it isn't necessarily completely successful in that attempt. Morrow is a tireless researcher before she is a writer, so the book is rather dryly written, although it's competently done overall. Much of what she uncovers is fascinating. The problem is that there simply isn't enough historical data on what actually occurred inside the LaLaurie mansion, o ...more
Dana
Best book about Madame Lalaurie ever! The author really did her research and shed new light on what was a mystery to so many people. May those poor slaves rest in peace!
T.R. Heinan
Jul 14, 2013 T.R. Heinan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history lovers, especially New Orleans history lovers
Recommended to T.R. by: my son
Incredibly well researched, well documented book about New Orleans' legend Delphine Lalaurie. Debunks some myths, adds much new information and very well organized. I am tempted to give this one five stars, except that some of the most interesting material got buried in 259 pages of detail. This is a serious study, a text book if you will, and certainly deserves five stars for research and accuracy. If you are looking for a ghost story, this may not be the book. If you think you already know abo ...more
Maree
This book was a bit hard to follow as there was a lot of Names and information crammed in but it was interesting none-the-less
Jill Bernstein
This is a fascinating book that examines one of New Orleans' most infamous residents: Madame Delphine Lalaurie. I was only vaguely aware of the story of Madame Lalaurie and her "haunted house" (the subject of ghost tours) before, but now I feel compelled to read even more on the subject. What did Madame Lalaurie really do to her servants? What did her husband know? I guess we'll never know the whole truth, but Long does an excellent job of separating much fact from fiction. A creepy, good read!
Jesse
Well researched. A bit dry.
Maria Hooley
I had picked up this book for research purposes, and it is filled with a lot of information that I found useful. I think one of the most interesting aspects in the presentation is how complicated Lalaurie was. It's easy to take myth and facts to string together an evil picture, but with all the facts that were presented, it's much more difficult to assess her true motivations for any of the actions. Definitely a fascinating read.
Aimée
If you read my review of "Mad Madam Lalaurie," you know I faulted the self-congratulatory hypothesizing of the authors for completely missing the boat. This book takes those flaws and corrects them with well-documented research while managing some entertainment and much interest. MUCH better than the other book. I enjoyed this one, whereas I rolled my eyes through most of the other.
Alana Simoneaux
I really enjoyed reading this book and learning the history of Madame Lalaurie and New Orleans. I wish I could have been walking through the French quarter while reading it to find all of the places described in the book. There were a few spots that I felt where information was unnecessarily repeated because it had been discussed at a prior point in the book.
Austin
Out of all the books on Madame LaLaurie, this is the finest. A little bogged down with historical details at time but that's what makes it good. The author doesn't take anything for granted and has thoroughly researched all points of this book. It's not just a book about the infamous LaLaurie but also a good history of colonial New Orleans.
Heather
Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. AHS was too kind to this woman.
Tracy
A must read for anyone who is interested in the story of Madame LaLaurie. This well researched book sheds light on the old tales and stories that surround this woman.
Nikki DeOliviera
Very informative, it but almost sounded more like a dissertation than a nonfiction work. I became lost within the third chapter.
Tammy Bergeron
This is a great book. It is based on historical facts and denies and/or confirms the legend of Madame Lalaurie.
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