Location/Culture Reports

New Orleans

Books written about New Orleans include Satchmo, My Life in New Orleans, Louis Armstrong; Literary New Orleans, Judy Long; The Awakening, Kate Chopin; Middle Passage, Charles Johnson; The Moviegoer and Love in the Ruins, Walker Percy; Saratoga Trunk, Edna Ferber; Treat it Gentle, An Autobiography, Sidney Bechet and some by Pulitzer Award winning authors, Shirley Ann Grau’s Keeper of the House, John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces and Robert Olen Butler’s A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain. And, of course, Anne Rice has set many of her books in New Orleans including the Vampire Chronicles and The Witching Hour.

There are many mystery writers who write about New Orleans including Julie Smith with her Talba Wallis and the Skip Langdon series and Lee Burke's David Robicheaux series.

Frances Parkinson Keyes lived on Chartres Street (her home, Beauregard House, is now a museum) for more than 25 years and wrote about New Orleans in her many books including Dinner at Antoine's. Both Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner lived in and wrote about New Orleans. Tennessee Williams set his plays A Streetcar Named Desire and The Rose Tattoo in New Orleans.

Movies that have been filmed in New Orleans include All The Kings Men (2005), The Big Easy, Big Momma’s House 2, Blaze, The Client, Crazy in Alabama, Dead Man Walking, Double Jeopardy, The Dukes of Hazzard, Easy Rider, Exit to Eden, Fantastic Four, Interview with a Vampire, Lolita (1997), Miller’s Crossing, The Pelican Brief, Primary Colors, Runaway Jury, The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Wild At Heart.

Of course, you can’t forget about the classic Simpsons episode “A Streetcar Named Marge.”