Bohemian New Orleans: The Story of the Outsider and Loujon by Jeff Weddle

By Jeff Weddle

In 1960, Jon Edgar and Louise "Gypsy Lou" Webb based Loujon Press on Royal highway in New Orleans's French sector. The small publishing condo speedy turned a massive. Heralded via the Village Voice and the recent York instances as the most effective of its day, the Outsider, the press's literary overview, featured, between others, Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Robert Creeley, Denise Levertov, and Walter Lowenfels. Loujon released books via Henry Miller and early poetry collections via Bukowski. Bohemian New Orleans strains the advance of this brave imprint and examines its position in the small press revolution of the Nineteen Sixties. Drawing on correspondence from many that have been released within the Outsider, again problems with the Outsider, modern reports, promotional fabrics, and interviews, Jeff Weddle indicates how the press's mandarin insistence on creation caliber and its eclectic editorial flavor made its paintings nonpareil between friends within the underground. all through, Bohemian New Orleans finds the messy, advanced, and vagabond spirit of a misplaced literary age. Jeff Weddle is assistant professor of library and data reports on the college of Alabama. His paintings has seemed in Publishing heritage and Beat Scene. find out about Director Wayne Ewing's documentary movie "The Outsiders of recent Orleans: Loujon Press" and watch a trailer at

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Three weeks passed before she awoke and it was at last clear that she would survive. The family was overjoyed, but Louise was devastated at the loss of her baby. The trauma she suffered carried an even more terrible price: Louise required a hysterectomy; there would be no children from this union. The child, a boy, had black hair and blue eyes and was given the name Tommy. Jon arranged that his body be cremated, but before this was done, he took a photograph of his son so that Louise would be able to see him when she awoke.

A phrase she underlined. It was probably soon after Dial published his book that Jon returned to editing for the first time since his work on the New Day. Still in New York, he and Louise began a freelance business, doing final edits on novels and nonfiction books for about a dozen major publishers, including Scribner’s, Farrar & Straus, and Dial. This was a lucrative venture, worth about twenty-five thousand dollars a year, by Jon’s estimate, but he considered it to be hack work. It was also stressful, and Jon ultimately decided the problems were not worth the profit: “It was making nervous wrecks out of us, and I dragged Lou out of it, too,” he later told Jim Roman.

This time, he was successful. Watkins arranged for ❖ 17 From Cleveland to New Orleans ❖ a reading at Harcourt, Brace and Company. A week after Watkins submitted the work in progress, Harcourt drew up a contract and forwarded Jon a fivehundred-dollar advance. He wrote Anderson to update him on the situation: “Anyway, I’m sure that when you read the novel, part of which appeared in Story, you will not be sorry you recommended me when I sorely needed your help. ” Somewhere in all of this, Jon divorced Opal, and the household split apart.

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