An Exquisite Malaise: Artists in New Orleans
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The Tooles lived at 390 Audubon when John got back from Puerto Rico with A Confederacy of Dunces in 1964.
Anne Rice  not only owns Our Mother of Perpetual Help church (2523 Prytania), but also St. Elizabeth's former orphanage  (1314 Napoleon Ave) for vampire balls and her doll collection.
Even though Walker Percy might have written The Moviegoer (1961) here on milan st., he set his story in NOLA's Gentilly neighborhood because of its anonymity and mass produced look.
louis malle filmed Pretty Baby in 1978 at a hotel seedy enough to look like a Storyville bordello - The Columns at 3811 St Charles @ Peniston.
Truman Capote was born in 1924 at Touro Infirmary (1401 Foucher Street).
In 1879 Old Creole Days by George Washington Cable became "a milestone in American lit". He lived on 1313 Eighth St.
Trent Reznor moved to the Garden District in 1995, buying a former funeral parlor at 2425 Coliseum St., then soon objected  to being part of the Anne Rice walking tour.
In 1990, Anne Rice begins The Mayfair Witch Chronicles with The Witching Hour. using her own house as the setting: 1239 First st. @ Chestnut.
Lillian Hellman spent her early years in her aunt's boardinghouse at 1718 Prytania St - the setting for Toys in the Attic (1960).
Grace King Lived (and ran her famous salon) at 1749 Coliseum St. from 1904-1932.
Walt Whitman arrived in 1848 to work on The Daily Crescent, then located at 93 St. Charles ave.
The Double Dealer literary journal launched in 1921 at 204 Baronne  partly in response to  H.L. Mencken calling the south a cultural wasteland.
Lafcadio Hearn arrived in 1877 to work for The Daily City Item. He'll become famous for writing about creole life. His house on Cleveland @ Robertson is  a landmark.
In 1927,  Bill Faulkner published Mosquitoes,  a thinly-veiled account of his life and friends in NOLA. He threw a party for all involved at Galatoire’s (209 Bourbon) to soften the blow.
1969 film  easy rider shows the world how to enjoy an acid trip in st. louis #1 cemetery (basin @ conti)
John James Audubon arrived in 1821, lived in a Dauphine st. cottage while working on Birds of America, but his journals about being penniless in the Quarter are much more interesting.
The Rising Sun brothel (St Louis @ Bourbon) might be a myth or it might be named for its madam - Marianne LeSoleil Levant. Song was written in 1945 by Leadbelly.
The Old French Opera House (bourbon @ toulouse) is destroyed by fire in 1919,  symbolically ending the French Quarter's reign as a center of art and culture.
One of Tennessee Williams' first NOLA residences in  1938 - a boarding house at 722 Toulouse - became the setting for "Vieux Carre".
Alberta Kinsey arrives in NOLA in 1918 (at 628 Toulouse), becoming the forerunner of painters dedicated to capturing the look of the French Quarter.
Tennessee Williams takes inspiration from the  noisy streetcars clanging outside of his window at  632 St Peter during 1946-47.
Sherwood Anderson lived at the Labranche (Royal @ St Peter) in 1922 while writing Many Marriages. He returned in 1924, living at the Upper Pontalba (on St Peter) while working on Dark Laughter.
William Faulkner lived at 624 Pirates Alley (then called Orleans Alley) @ St. Peter to write Soldier's Pay in 1925. Legend says he arrived with nothing but a tea kettle; others say it was with the family recipe for corn whiskey "just in case".
William Burroughs lived in Algiers in 1949, as depicted in Kerouac’s On The Road. Burroughs also used NOLA for parts of Junkie.
Edgar Degas painted in NOLA from 1872 'til 1873 at 2306 Esplanade @ Tonti, producing the only work sold in his lifetime: a scene from the NOLA cotton office.
In 1923, John Dos Passos worked on Manhattan Transfer at 510 Esplanade, but apparently NOLA was too noisy for him.
Ferdinand LaMenthe was born in 1890 at  1442 Frenchman @ N. Robertson. He became Jellyroll Morton because he didn't want to be identified as french.