Family: New Orleans By the Book

There's no better way for adolescents and adults to get a look behind the masque of New Orleans' dazzling street festivals and sultry surface than to read Kate Chopin's tragedy The Awakening or John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer-prizewinning A Confederacy of Dunces, an epic comedy that captures the city's unique vernacular and customs.

Toole was a doctoral candidate at Tulane University, and many of his papers, including the manuscript for Confederacy, are on public display in the university archives. Toole grew up nearby, at 390 Audubon Street, and the surrounding Uptown neighborhood is one of New Orleans' flossiest. Beautiful Audubon Park is...

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