Bohemian New Orleans: The Story of the Outsider and Loujon Press

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, Jan 1, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 220 pages
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In 1960, Jon Edgar and Louise Gypsy Lou Webb founded Loujon Press on Royal Street in New Orleans's French Quarter. The small publishing house quickly became a giant. Heralded by the Village Voice and the New York Times as one of the best of its day, the Outsider, the press's literary review, featured, among others, Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Robert Creeley, Denise Levertov, and Walter Lowenfels. Loujon published books by Henry Miller and two early poetry collections by Bukowski. Bohemian New Orleans traces the development of this courageous imprint and examines its place within the small press revolution of the 1960s. Drawing on correspondence from many who were published in the Outsider, back issues of the Outsider, contemporary reviews, promotional materials, and interviews, Jeff Weddle shows how the press's mandarin insistence on production quality and its eclectic editorial taste made its work nonpareil among peers in the underground. Throughout, Bohemian New Orleans reveals the messy, complex, and vagabond spirit of a lost literary age. Jeff Weddle is assistant professor of library and information studies at the University of Alabama. His work has appeared in Publishing History and Beat Scene . Learn about Director Wayne Ewing's documentary film The Outsiders of New Orleans: Loujon Press and watch a trailer at http: //www.loujonpress.com/
 

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Never visiting New Orleans, I have always had a fascination for their seafood cooking; especially Gumbo. This nonfiction book was elegantly crafted by a fellow author and poet, named Jeff Weddle. He ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 From Cleveland to New Orleans
8
Chapter 2 Four Steps to the Wall and Hollywood Dreams
22
Chapter 3 Outsiders in New Orleans
41
Chapter 4 Creating a Literary Network
53
Chapter 5 The Outsider Flourishes
72
Chapter 6 A Focus on Bukowski
88
Chapter 7 Meeting Bukowski
106
Chapter 9 Editors Bit and Obit
137
Chapter 10 Death in Nashville
151
What Became of Them
164
Contributors to the Outsider
171
Source Notes
181
Bibliography
203
Index
209
Copyright

Chapter 8 Tucson and Henry Miller
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