Category Archives: Biographical Analysis

Robert Olen Butler: Writing a Sensual New Orleans

By Gino Grieco Robert Olen Butler was born in 1945 in Granite City, Illinois.  In the beginning of his college career at Northwestern, Butler felt that his profession would be acting; his father was a professor at St. Louis University … Continue reading

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Chris Wiltz: Forever Tied to New Orleans

By Weston Harty Christine (Chris) Wiltz was born in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, on January 3, 1948, to Adolphe Michael and Merle Wiltz. Her family moved to a house on General Pershing Street in the middle class Broadmoor section of New … Continue reading

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Brenda Marie Osbey and the Blending of Christianity and Hoodoo in New Orleans

By Allison Siegel Brenda Marie Osbey writes poetry based on her life spent in the Seventh Ward of New Orleans that reflects the unique Creole culture in which we was raised.  Born on December 12, 1957, to Lawrence C. Osbey … Continue reading

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Anne Rice and her Supernatural New Orleans

By Allison Siegel Anne Rice was born October 4, 1941, in the Irish Channel section of New Orleans, Louisiana.  She was the second of four daughters born to parents Howard and Katherine O’Brien, who originally gave her the name Howard … Continue reading

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Walker Percy and “Mon Amour,” a New Orleans Convert

By Maddy Boylan George Walker Percy was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1916 as the eldest of three boys.  Percy’s early life was filled with death and catastrophe. When Percy was 8 months old his grandfather committed suicide by shooting … 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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John Gregory Brown: New Orleans Will Always be Home

by Renée Ruggeri John Gregory Brown is an American novelist who has been hailed for his portrayal of life in New Orleans in the 1960s. A native of the city, Brown was born July 31, 1960, and lived in New … Continue reading

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