The Earl of Louisiana

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LSU Press, Feb 1, 2008 - History - 272 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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User Review  - TLCrawford - LibraryThing

Abbott Joseph Liebling’s 1961 book “The Earl of Louisiana” has been on my shelves for a long time. I bought it thinking it was about Huey Long and shelved it when I learned otherwise. After seeing the ... Read full review

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User Review  - harlandbrown - LibraryThing

The funniest biography of a political figure that I have ever read. Liebling looks upon the arcane doings of Louisiana politicians with the obvious glee of a sports writer covering a particularly hard-fought boxing match. 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.

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