Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s (2020)

Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s John Shelton Reed Dixie Bohemia A French Quarter Circle in the s 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 s Jackson Square had become the ce
  • Title: Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s
  • Author: John Shelton Reed
  • ISBN: 9780807147641
  • Page: 249
  • Format: Hardcover
Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s John Shelton Reed 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 anIn 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 and crafty ones of the French Quarter In Dixie Bohemia John Shelton Reed introduces Faulkner s circle of friends ranging from the distinguished Sherwood Anderson to a gender bending Mardi Gras costume designer and brings to life the people and places of New Orleans in the Jazz Age.Reed begins with Faulkner and Spratling s self published homage to their fellow bohemians, Sherwood Anderson and Other Famous Creoles The book contained 43 sketches of New Orleans artists, by Spratling, with captions and a short introduction by Faulkner The title served as a rather obscure joke Sherwood was not a Creole and neither were most of the people featured But with Reed s commentary, these profiles serve as an entry into the world of artists and writers that dined on Decatur Street, attended masked balls, and blatantly ignored the Prohibition Act These men and women also helped to establish New Orleans institutions such as the Double Dealer literary magazine, the Arts and Crafts Club, and Le Petit Theatre But unlike most bohemias, the one in New Orleans existed as a whites only affair Though some of the bohemians were relatively progressive, and many employed African American material in their own work, few of them knew or cared about what was going on across town among the city s black intellectuals and artists.The positive developments from this French Quarter renaissance, however, attracted attention and visitors, inspiring the historic preservation and commercial revitalization that turned the area into a tourist destination Predictably, this gentrification drove out many of the working artists and writers who had helped revive the area As Reed points out, one resident who identified herself as an artist on the 1920 federal census gave her occupation in 1930 as saleslady, real estate, reflecting the decline of an active artistic class.A charming and insightful glimpse into an era, Dixie Bohemia describes the writers, artists, poseurs, and hangers on in the New Orleans art scene of the 1920s and illuminates how this dazzling world faded as quickly as it began.
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  1. Rebecca Nebesar

    A very interesting elucidation of the historical context of the arts in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

  2. Tara Busch

    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 articul [...]

  3. April

    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 with each [...]

  4. Moira Crone

    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 classe [...]

  5. Lulu

    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 about some of the larger than life people who were part of this Dixie Bohemia.

  6. Sean

    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.

  7. Christine Nicole

    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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