Washington Cable (12 October, 1840, New Orleans, Louisiana, m. Jan. 31, 1925,
St. Petersburg, Florida) was an American novelist. Notable for the realism in
his portraits of the Creole population of Louisiana.
Cable was a great American storyteller. His youth was marked by the lack of
means, in fact, from the age of fourteen he had to help support his mother. Very
young, in 1863 he enlisted in the Confederate Army, and was part of the fourth
group of Mississippi cavalry. He was there until the end of the Civil War in
1865, where he also studied Latin and mathematics and reading the Bible.
began to journalism: writing a weekly column in the New Orleans Picayune , until
1879, when he was appointed by that that newspaper columnist. Was then a writer
known for his defense of civil rights and opposition to racism. As the Frenchman
drove investigated in the municipal archives of New Orleans, and wrote stories
based on ancient chronicles, which brought in several volumes, classics today:
out among all the novel The Grandissime.
Moreover, in 1884, moved to Cable Massachusetts. He made friends with Mark
Twain. Said to be the creator of the novel was a Southerner and history of
William Faulkner and other writers of the southern United States.
Old Creole Days (1879). Tr.: Old Creole days
The Grandissime (1880). Tr.: The Grandissime, Pretexts, 2009.
Dr. Sevier (1885), novel
Strange True Stories of Louisiana (1889). Tr.: Rare and true stories of
The Silent South (1885), essays
The Black Question (1990) assay.
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