The Earl of Louisiana

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LSU Press, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 252 pages
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In the summer of 1959, A. J. Liebling, veteran writer for the New Yorker, came to Louisiana to cover a series of bizarre events that began with Governor Earl K. Long's commitment to a mental institution. Captivated by his subject, Liebling remained to write the fascinating yet tragic story of Uncle Earl's final year in politics. First published in 1961, The Earl of Louisiana recreates a stormy era in Louisiana politics and captures the style and personality of one of the most colorful and paradoxical figures in the state's history. This updated edition of the book includes a foreword by T. Harry Williams, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Huey Long: A Biography, and a new introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Jonathan Yardley that discusses Liebling's career and his most famous book from a twenty-first-century perspective.

  

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Review: The Earl of Louisiana

User Review  - John Tipper - Goodreads

One of the trailblazers of the New Journalism, Liebling's portrait of the eccentric Governor of Louisiana in the '50s, Earl Long, was first published by "The New Yorker" in 1961. To call Long a ... Read full review

Review: The Earl of Louisiana

User Review  - Eric - Goodreads

Ostensibly the story of Louisiana Governor Earl Long's doomed bid to circumvent term-limit laws, Liebling's book ends up as a dissection of the South as the civil-rights movement is coming to a boil ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword by T Harry Williams
1
JOE SIMS WHERE THE HELL?
7
hes an imam
36
BRUTTALLY FRANK
50
RACE AND OIL
65
NOTHING BUT A LITTLE PISSANT
80
THE BIRD THAT KICKS
104
HENRY LUCES SHOESTORE
118
THE BATTLE FROM AFAR
143
OYSTERS AND LARCENY
159
DELLASOUPS TOPS THE LIST
171
BACK TO RACISM
188
EARL JOINS TIMESPIC
200
whos CRAZY NOW?
217
THE LAST RACE
235
LA WITHOUT EARL
244

BLAMBLAMBLAM
131

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About the author (2008)

A staff writer for the New Yorker from 1935 until his death in 1963, A. J. Liebling also served during World War II as a correspondent for that magazine in France, England, and North Africa. He wrote a number of books, including The Honest Rainmaker, The Sweet Science, and Normandy Revisited.