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Degas in New Orleans : encounters in the Creole world of Kate Chopin and George Washington Cable / Christopher Benfey.

Author/Creator:
Benfey, Christopher E. G., 1954-
Edition:
1st ed.
Publication:
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, Inc., 1997.
Format/Description:
Book
xii, 294 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
Subjects:
Degas, Edgar, 1834-1917 -- Travel -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
New Orleans (La.) -- Description and travel.
Creoles -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Social life and customs.
Degas, Edgar, 1834-1917 -- Psychology.
Cable, George Washington, 1844-1925 -- Homes and haunts -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Chopin, Kate, 1850-1904 -- Homes and haunts -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Cable, George Washington, 1844-1925
Chopin, Kate, 1850-1904
Degas, Edgar, 1834-1917
Creoles -- Social life and customs.
Homes.
Psychology
Travel
Louisiana -- New Orleans
Reizen.
Summary:
Edgar Degas travelled from Paris to New Orleans during the fall of 1872 to visit the American branch of his mother's family, the Mussons. He arrived at a key moment in the cultural history of this most exotic of American cities, still recovering from the agony of the Civil War: the decisive period of Reconstruction, in which his American relatives were importantly involved. This was precisely the time when the American writers Kate Chopin and George Washington Cable were beginning to mine the resources of New Orleans culture and history. What was it about this war-torn, diverse, and conflicted city that elicited from Degas some of his finest paintings? And what do we need to know about New Orleans society to make sense of Degas's stay?
Benfey gives us the answers to these questions. Degas's white relatives were among the leaders in some of the most violent uprisings in Reconstruction Louisiana, and his black relatives - whose existence this book is the first to reveal - were no less prominent.
Contents:
Soulie
The Haunted house
Tell
Siege
Three sisters
Old Creole days
Rillieux
Nurses
The Cotton ballet
Mardi Gras
Grandissimes
The Haunted house
Revenants
Divided houses
Esplanade: A coda.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 267-285) and index.
Local notes:
Gotham Book Mart Collection copy has dustjacket retained.
Penn Provenance:
Gotham Book Mart (former owner) (Gotham Book Mart Collection copy)
Penn Chronology:
1997
Contributor:
Gotham Book Mart Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
ISBN:
067943562X
9780679435624
OCLC:
36543289
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