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“He struck a match to look at his watch. In the flare of the light they saw a young woman just at Pitot’s elbow—a young woman dressed all in black, with pale gold hair, and a baby sleeping on her shoulder. She glided to the edge of the bridge and stepped noiselessly off into the black waters.”—from Ghost Stories of Old New Orleans

Ghosts are said to wander along the rooftops above New Orleans’ Royal Street, the dead allegedly sing sacred songs in St. Louis Cathedral, and the graveyard tomb of a wealthy madam reportedly glows bright red at night. Local lore about such supernatural sightings, as curated by Jeanne deLavigne in her classic Ghost Stories of Old New Orleans, finds the phantoms of bitter lovers, vengeful slaves, and menacing gypsies haunting nearly every corner of the city, from the streets of the French Quarter to Garden District mansions. Originally printed in 1944, all forty ghost stories and the macabre etchings of New Orleans artist Charles Richards appear in this new edition.

Drawing largely on popular legend dating back to the 1800s, deLavigne provides vivid details of old New Orleans with a cast of spirits that represent the ethnic mélange of the city set amid period homes, historic neighborhoods, and forgotten taverns. Combining folklore, newspaper accounts, and deLavigne’s own voice, these phantasmal tales range from the tragic—brothers, lost at sea as children, haunt a chapel on Thomas Street in search of their mother—to graphic depictions of torture, mutilation, and death.

Folklorist and foreword contributor Frank A. de Caro places the writer and her work in context for modern readers. He uncovers new information about deLavigne’s life and describes her book’s pervasive lingering influence on the Crescent City’s culture today.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword: Jeanne deLavigne and Ghost Stories of Old New Orleans
  2. pp. ix-xx
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  1. Author's Note
  2. pp. xxi-2
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  1. The Singing Capuchin
  2. pp. 3-15
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  1. The Mystery of Madame Vaquer
  2. pp. 16-28
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  1. The Golden Brown Woman
  2. pp. 29-34
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  1. The Soldiers Who Could Not Die
  2. pp. 35-39
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  1. The Specter on the Shell Road
  2. pp. 40-51
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  1. Le Néant
  2. pp. 52-66
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  1. The Ghost of the Headless Woman
  2. pp. 67-72
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  1. Between Worlds
  2. pp. 73-79
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  1. Up from the Sea
  2. pp. 80-82
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  1. The Gay Caballeros
  2. pp. 83-93
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  1. Walking Otto
  2. pp. 94-100
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  1. Tears of Heaven
  2. pp. 101-115
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  1. The Devil's Mansion
  2. pp. 116-122
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  1. The Whispering Hands
  2. pp. 123-134
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  1. The Magic of Aga Bab
  2. pp. 135-152
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  1. The Return of Esposito
  2. pp. 153-159
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  1. The Ghost of the German Countess
  2. pp. 160-166
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  1. The Witch of the French Opera
  2. pp. 167-178
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  1. The Ghosts of Carrollton Jail
  2. pp. 179-191
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  1. The Flaming Tomb
  2. pp. 192-197
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  1. The Ghosts of Shiloh
  2. pp. 198-202
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  1. The Lady of the Door
  2. pp. 203-212
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  1. The Swirling Specter
  2. pp. 213-219
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  1. The Ghost of the Treme Street Bridge
  2. pp. 220-223
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  1. The Beautiful Lost Children
  2. pp. 224-226
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  1. The Golden Witch
  2. pp. 227-238
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  1. Up the Garret Stairs
  2. pp. 239-247
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  1. The Haunted House of the Rue Royale
  2. pp. 248-2582
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  1. The Ghost of Love
  2. pp. 259-268
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  1. The Fountain Woman
  2. pp. 269-276
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  1. Warring Wraiths
  2. pp. 277-279
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  1. The Haunted Spanish Barracks
  2. pp. 280-284
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  1. The Red-Headed Ghost of Parish Prison
  2. pp. 285-291
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  1. The White Skiff
  2. pp. 292-304
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  1. The Mansion That Ghosts Carried Away
  2. pp. 305-311
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  1. The Twin Green Spirits
  2. pp. 312-326
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  1. The Lost Pearl
  2. pp. 327-336
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  1. The White Althea Tree
  2. pp. 337-346
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  1. Golden Slippers
  2. pp. 347-364
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  1. The Swamp Witch
  2. pp. 365-374
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780807152928
Related ISBN(s)
9780807152911, 9780807152935, 9780807152942
MARC Record
OCLC
858861735
Pages
400
Launched on MUSE
2013-10-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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