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Literary History

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

  • Activities

    Heritage-History Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    From: $30 USD per person
  • Duration

    2 hours

  • Avg Distance

    About 1 mile

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Mondays and Saturdays at 10.

  • Starting Location

    Lobby, Hotel Monteleone

  • Price Includes

    Carefully prepared analysis and fun, local color insightfulness into the contributions of many of the world's greatest literary figures from a student of Cleanth Brooks and well-known resident.

  • Notes

    G L-f de Villiers is your locally owned and operated community based tour provider since 1989. Small groups. Our tours are never-scripted. Recommended by Frommer's and featured in The Southern Review.

Highlights

  • Commence your literary adventure in The Hotel Monteleone, renown, credentialed Literary Landmark and pied-a-Terre for virtually every Southern writer.
  • Enter the Pontalba Apartments, the site of Sherwood Anderson's famous literary salons that included such luminaire as Gertrude Stein and Lyle Saxon.
  • Come along into the Faulkner House on romantic Pirates Alley, across from the St. Louis Cathedral's magnificently landscaped St. Anthony's gardens.
  • See the residences of Truman Capote in the lovely rue Royale and that of Tennessee Williams in the Avenue Orleans. Learn of Kate Chopin's awakening.
  • Be amazed by Antoine's Restaurant, the city's oldest and finest family-owned restaurants, and setting for many famous plays, short stories and novels.

Trip Info

New Orleans is known around the world for its signature food, its resilient spirit and, of course, its rich history, a history that has been impacted by many famous authors. Currently, the state of Louisiana boasts seven Literary Landmarks, all of which are located in New Orleans.

Only two other cities in the country can boast as many Literary Landmarks: New York, New York, and Key West, Florida. To highlight our rich literary history, G L-f de Villiers offers an exclusive Literary History French Quarter Walking Tour, which includes many of these historic landmarks, and more.

Led by a local historian and writer, this popular two hour tour is available twice a week, Saturdays and Mondays. Beginning adjacent to the famous Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone, one of only three Literary Landmark hotels in the country, the tour divulges the literary history of the hotel and its famous literary patrons including Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway, among others.

You will learn about the lives of Truman Capote, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, and Kate Chopin, all of whom resided in the French Quarter–but only one of whom was born in New Orleans!

Leaving the Hotel Monteleone, your group meanders through the French Quarter, connecting the rich literary culture of New Orleans with historic landmarks and residences. Highlights on the walking tour include such notable sites as Exchange Alley, the Pontalba Apartments, Madame John’s Legacy, the Old Ursuline Convent, the Beauregard-Keyes House, the Lalaurie Mansion, and the homes of William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams.

This tour is a wonderful opportunity to gain a better understanding of the French Quarter’s rich history as it relates to various authors, all of whom are icons of the modern literary world.

Your professional Tour Guide, educated in New Orleans and Europe, is a native of Louisiana and a long-time resident of the French Quarter. The tour culminates at the romantic Hermes Bar in Antoine’s Restaurant.

Available as a private, cocktails optional, tour on your schedule. Up to six guests, $200. Book online.

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