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Mardi Gras and Masks: How Relationships Begin and End in Robert Olen Butler’s A Small Hotel

By Jack Lawler Set against the backdrop of New Orleans, Robert Olen Butler’s A Small Hotel deals with the relationship between the two protagonists, Michael and Kelly, and explores how issues such as emotional withholding and miscommunication lead to the … Continue reading

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New Orleans: The Spiritual Home of Tennessee Williams

By Jack Lawler Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams (March 26, 1911- February 25, 1983) was one of the most influential playwrights in American theatre history, producing classics such as Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire. He was always a controversial … Continue reading

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George Washington Cable: Native Outsider and Social Activist

by Jack Lawler George Washington Cable has been called “the most important southern artist working in the late 19th century,” as well as the “first modern southern writer,” for his revolutionary treatment of important social issues, particularly racism and classism … Continue reading

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