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Afro-Creole Poetry in French from Louisiana's Radical Civil War-Era Newspapers

A Bilingual Edition
Edited by Clint Bruce

BUY Cloth · 344 pp. · 7.625 × 11.25 · ISBN 9780917860799 · $40.00 · Apr 2020

Collected here for the first time, seventy-nine poems published in the Civil War–era Afro-Creole New Orleans newspapers L’Union and La Tribune—most unavailable anywhere but in archives—bring to life a close-knit, politically progressive French-speaking community of artists and intellectuals whose cultural and legal legacies were monumental. The original French poems appear here alongside Clint Bruce’s sensitive English translations, mindful of meaning, meter, and sound.

A comprehensive introduction, biographies of the poets, and extensive annotations immerse readers in Civil War–era Louisiana. In his research for the volume, Bruce unearthed crucial issues of La Tribune long thought lost and discovered the extent of a poetic hoax undetected for nearly 150 years.

Distributed for the Historic New Orleans Collection


This handsome, thematically arranged collection of 79 poems... adds significantly to the corpus of French-language poetry published in 19th-century Louisiana.... [Bruce's] extensive historical and contextual introduction and the biographies of the poets are invaluable resources. The detailed notes on translation add further useful information. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers.


About the Author(s): 

Clint Bruce holds the Canada Research Chair in Acadian and Transnational Studies at Université Sainte-Anne in Nova Scotia.

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