George Washington Cable

George Washington Cable, 1844–1925, American author, b. New Orleans. He is remembered primarily for his early sketches and novels of creole life, which established his reputation as an important local-color writer. Cable served as a Confederate soldier in the Civil War and afterward was a writer and reporter for the New Orleans Picayune. His short stories of New Orleans culture began to appear in Scribner's Monthly in 1873; they were collected and published as Old Creole Days (1879). Among his novels are The Grandissimes (1880), Madame Delphine (1881), Dr. Sevier (1884), and Gideon's Band (1914). Cable's works depict the picturesque life of creoles in antebellum Louisiana with charm and freshness. Discernible in some of them is the author's moral opposition to slavery and class distinction. After 1884, Cable lived in Northampton, Mass. His later works, notably the essays collected in The Silent South (1885) and The Negro Question (1890), reveal his concern with social evils, particularly with the betrayal of the freed African American slaves.

See his letters, ed. by L. L. Leffingwell (1928, repr. 1967); biography by L. D. Rubin (1969); study by P. C. Butcher (1959).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

George W. Cable: the Northampton Years
Philip Butcher.
Columbia University Press, 1959
George W. Cable: His Life and Letters
Lucy Leffingwell Cable Bikle.
C. Scribner's Sons, 1928
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George W. Cable; F. C. Yohn.
C. Scribner's Sons, 1902
FREE! Kincaid's Battery
George W. Cable.
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1908
Mark Twain and G. W. Cable: The Record of a Literary Friendship
Mark Twain; George W. Cable; Arlin Turner.
Michigan State University Press, 1960
The White Savage: Racial Fantasies in the Postbellum South
Lawrence J. Friedman.
Prentice-Hall, 1970
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Six "Heresy in the New South: The Case for George W. Cable"
The Faraway Country: Writers of the Modern South
Louis Decimus Rubin.
University of Washington Press, 1963
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "The Road to Yoknapatawpha: George W. Cable and John March, Southerner"
New South Narratives of Freedom: Rereading George Washington Cable's "`Tite Poulette" and Madame Delphine
Payne, James Robert.
MELUS, Vol. 27, No. 1, Spring 2002
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Marching to a Different Drummer: Unrecognized Heroes of American History
Robin Kadison Berson.
Greenwood Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: "George Washington Cable (October 12, 1834-January 31, 1925): Human Rights and Civil Rights Activist" begins on p. 33
The Southern Poor-White from Lubberland to Tobacco Road
Shields McIlwaine.
University of Oklahoma Press, 1939
Librarian’s tip: "Picturesque Backgrounds and Louisiana Cajuns: George W. Cable and Kate Chopin" begins on p. 134
Our Decentralized Literature: Cultural Mediations in Selected Jewish and Southern Writers
Jules Chametzky.
University of Massachusetts Press, 1986
Librarian’s tip: "George Washington Cable" begins on p. 23
The South in American Literature, 1607-1900
Jay B. Hubbell.
Duke University Press, 1973
Librarian’s tip: "George W. Cable" begins on p. 804
American Naturalistic and Realistic Novelists: A Biographical Dictionary
E. C. Applegate.
Greenwood Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "George Washington Cable (1844-1925)" begins on p. 57
The Gay Nineties in America: A Cultural Dictionary of the 1890s
Robert L. Gale.
Greenwood Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "Cable, George Washington (1844-1925)" begins on p. 45
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