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New Orleans

The Making of an Urban Landscape
Peirce F. Lewis

BUY Paper · ISBN 9781930066106 · $25.00 · Mar 2003

In his now classic work of historical geography, published in 1976, Lewis traces the rise and expansion of New Orleans through four major historic periods. This second edition offers a revised and greatly expanded look at this unique community on the Mississippi Delta--"a fearsome place, difficult enough for buildiing houses, lunacy for wharves and skyscrapers."


Peirce Lewis's long overdue second edition is just as pleasurable to read as the original. It exposes the flaws of an inhospitable site, the richness of the local architecture, and the complexities of the city's social geography with a flair and clarity we should all aspire to.

Craig E. Colten, Louisiana State University

Peirce Lewis's original New Orleans earned iconic status in georaphical writing on the American city. The appearance of a thoroughly reworked new edition is a devoutly welcome event.

Michael P. Conzen, University of Chicago

About the Author(s): 

Peirce Lewis, former President of the Association of American Geographers and Professor Emeritus at the Pennsylvania State University, has published widely on the American landscape.

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