[ books ] Ghost Stories of Old New Orleans Author Jeanne deLavigne – Vivefutbol.co

He Struck A Match To Look At His Watch In The Flare Of The Light They Saw A Young Woman Just At Pitot S Elbow A Young Woman Dressed All In Black, With Pale Gold Hair, And A Baby Sleeping On Her Shoulder She Glided To The Edge Of The Bridge And Stepped Noiselessly Off Into The Black Waters From Ghost Stories Of Old New OrleansGhosts Are Said To Wander Along The Rooftops Above New Orleans Royal Street, The Dead Allegedly Sing Sacred Songs In St Louis Cathedral, And The Graveyard Tomb Of A Wealthy Madam Reportedly Glows Bright Red At Night Local Lore About Such Supernatural Sightings, As Curated By Jeanne DeLavigne In Her Classic Ghost Stories Of Old New Orleans, Finds The Phantoms Of Bitter Lovers, Vengeful Slaves, And Menacing Gypsies Haunting Nearly Every Corner Of The City, From The Streets Of The French Quarter To Garden District Mansions Originally Printed In , All Forty Ghost Stories And The Macabre Etchings Of New Orleans Artist Charles Richards Appear In This New EditionDrawing Largely On Popular Legend Dating Back To The S, DeLavigne Provides Vivid Details Of Old New Orleans With A Cast Of Spirits That Represent The Ethnic M Lange Of The City Set Amid Period Homes, Historic Neighborhoods, And Forgotten Taverns Combining Folklore, Newspaper Accounts, And DeLavigne S Own Voice, These Phantasmal Tales Range From The Tragic Brothers, Lost At Sea As Children, Haunt A Chapel On Thomas Street In Search Of Their Mother To Graphic Depictions Of Torture, Mutilation, And DeathFolklorist And Foreword Contributor Frank De Caro Places The Writer And Her Work In Context For Modern Readers He Uncovers New Information About DeLavigne S Life And Describes Her Book S Pervasive Lingering Influence On The Crescent City S Culture Today I loved this 1946 classic, not as much for the ghost stories as for the glimpse into New Orleans culture of the times References to the War Between the States, blatant and unapologetic racism and sexism, lively charactersnone of it is sugar coated for our times I had to add it manually because it s out of print and not in the Goodreads database but worth tracking it down. So far, from an academic standpoint, I liked the foreword the best It gives quite a few nice points of trivia about the author, her time of writing and even a bit of background on some of the ghostly going on described in the book All in all it was a great addition to the original book Now, the stories themselves are written in an entertaining way and easy to follow, despite the books age I would therefor recommend it to anyone, even younger readers who are looking for a thrill What you won t find here are reliable accounts of somewhat suspicious going ons around New Orleans These are full blown ghost stories with shimmering apparitions and levitating furniture They are collected from true believers and retold in a manner your grandpa would use to frighten you around the campfire, not in any analytical way But that makes it a fun read and even though some of the dialects the author put in for entertainment and which are often grossly overdone can be difficult to read through fluently, they are not undeceivable Not even for me, a non native speaker. My husband is than a little surprised that I was reading a book of stories, since I can t even watch commercials for scary movies However, reading them is a whole different experience and this is a delightful book This book was published in 1946 originally The author is a native of New Orleans and did her research with old newspaper clippings, diaries, and interviews Are the stories all true Not likely Some are quite obscure and she says in her opening note that it s possible that no one in the city had heard than one or two of the stories in their entirety before she published this book The stories read like stories, with dialogue from the early 1800 s and containing details that she could never have verified These are not accounts of ghost sightings The author was a writer, not a journalist, and it makes the book so much fun to read I don t care if they re true or not, honestly I just like a good story Food Cracker Jack You can munch along and eat half a box, put it down for awhile, and finish it off later without missing anything. Ghost Stories of Old New Orleans is a must have for any New Orleans buff, tour guide, or historian It s one of the best collections of ghost stories that I have had a chance to read Read I found this book in my grandma s library when I was young and it scared me than a littlebut I read it all, and several of the stories again and again, usually by my small bedside reading light late at night It s been many years now but I remember thinking, and feeling, the stories were from another time, one that has faded from this world The stories succeeded in planting images in my head that stuck for years This is a real ghost book The real thing.