George Washington Cable: John March, Southerner

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  • Katharine Burnett (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

John March, Southerner is not the novel that normally comes up in a discussion of George Washington Cable. By the time the book was published in 1895, Cable had become known through his work featuring antebellum New Orleans culture and his advocacy of civil rights for black Americans. After serving for the Confederate army during the Civil War, Cable took up writing in his native New Orleans. In 1879 he published Old Creole Days, a collection of short stories in the vein of regional and local color fiction that was popular in the decades after the war. Old Creole Days was quickly followed by The Grandissimes (1880), a strange, convoluted story set in early nineteenth-century New Orleans. Generally considered h…

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Burnett, Katharine. "John March, Southerner". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 October 2011
[, accessed 30 September 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. Literature of the American South