Literary New Orleans


A look at some famous literary works from New Orleans, created by authors inspired by the city.



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The city of New Orleans has served as a setting for many of the world’s most famous literary works, including A Streetcar Named Desire, Interview with the Vampire and A Confederacy of Dunces. This program, produced and narrated by Peggy Scott Laborde, takes an up-close look at the locally written word over a more than three-century history.

Included are archival interviews with Anne Rice, Tennessee Williams and Thelma Toole, the mother of John Kennedy Toole. Among the authors and literary experts interviewed are Susan Larson, Douglas Brinkley, Mona Lisa Saloy, Nancy Dixon, Edwin Blair, Kalamu ya Salaam, Dr. Kenneth Holditch, Walter Isaacson, T. R. Johnson, Maurice Carlos Ruffin and Rien Fertel.

A special segment highlights Les Cenelles, written in New Orleans in 1845 and considered the first anthology published by African-American writers. Also featured during the documentary are 19th century authors Kate Chopin, Lafcadio Hearn and George Washington Cable as well as the vibrant 1920s literary circle based in the French Quarter that included Sherwood Anderson and William Faulkner.

There is also an homage to the avant-garde local publication, The Outsider which included the early
works of such Beat Generation poets as Jack Kerouac, Alan Ginsberg and Charles Bukowski.

Produced and narrated by Peggy Scott Laborde, the program is edited by Lenny Delbert Sr., with additional editing by Michael Kailer. Videography by Jonathan Evans, George Matulik and Steven Patriquin. Originally aired in 2023.