From eighteenth-century travel narratives to twenty-first century poetry, New Orleans and its unique racial culture has inspired academics, adventurers, and artists alike. While the city is best known for its musical heritage, the literary world is filled with work by New Orleanians and outsiders captivated by New Orleans. Literary works dramatize the racial dynamics of the city in poetry, prose, and theater as well as personal accounts, political exposés, and intentional works of fiction. New Orleans was a significant stop in slave narrative journeys and a favorite in travel literature that reported on Quadroon balls and Creole culture. Canonical American twentieth-century writers such as Charles Chesnutt and Tennessee Williams continued to interpret life in New Orleans. Academic study demonstrates the impact of the literary on New Orleans and how it has been viewed by the world outside its borders.
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