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ISBN-10: 1496830822
ISBN-13: 9781496830821
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publish Date: 01/01/2021
Dimensions: 9.00" L, 6.00" W, 0.56" H

Bohemian New Orleans: The Story of the Outsider and Loujon Press

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Winner of the 2007 Welty Prize

 

In 1960, Jon Edgar and Louise “Gypsy Lou” Webb founded Loujon Press on Royal Street in New Orleans’s French Quarter. The small publishing house quickly became a giant. Heralded by the Village Voice and the New York Times as one of the best of its day, the Outsider, the press’s literary review, featured, among others, Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Robert Creeley, Denise Levertov, and Walter Lowenfels. Loujon published books by Henry Miller and two early poetry collections by Bukowski.

 

Bohemian New Orleans traces the development of this courageous imprint and examines its place within the small press revolution of the 1960s.

 

Drawing on correspondence from many who were published in the Outsider, back issues of the Outsider, contemporary reviews, promotional materials, and interviews, Jeff Weddle shows how the press’s mandarin insistence on production quality and its eclectic editorial taste made its work nonpareil among peers in the underground. Throughout, Bohemian New Orleans reveals the messy, complex, and vagabond spirit of a lost literary age.

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The story of the Outsider and Loujon Press is exhilarating and even inspirational, with Jon Webb's indomitable belief in literature as a means of life setting a standard for true believers. Yet an undeniable sense of tragedy weaves throughout this book, because the real cost of art is always immeasurable.–C. Natale Peditto "Rain Taxi Review"
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Details

ISBN-10: 1496830822
ISBN-13: 9781496830821
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publish Date: 01/01/2021
Dimensions: 9.00" L, 6.00" W, 0.56" H
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