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Mark Twain called him "the South's finest literary genius."
Signature: "Yours truly/G. W. Cable/New Orleans, Dec 27, 1883", 4½x2¼. George Washington Cable (1844-1879) was a journalist turned novelist who set his stories in his native New Orleans, especially the Creole community there. Although he had served in the Confederate army, his novels showed strong sympathy for the plight of African-Americans, and he wrote essays supporting civil rights. His friend Mark Twain, with whom he shared a lecture tour, praised Cable as a writer and as the person with whom to tour New Orleans. His realistic portrayals of southern life, as influenced by its history, foreshadow twentieth century authors like William Faulkner. Wrinkled at left and right edges from mounting adhesive remnants, which show through faintly. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: October 12, 1844 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Died: January 31, 1925 in St Petersburg, Florida

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