George Washington Cable

Korrespondenz anzeigen

Zitiervorschlag: Brandt, Kathrin (2016): George Washington Cable. In Bernhard Hurch (Hrsg.): Hugo Schuchardt Archiv. Online unter, abgerufen am 30. 05. 2023. Handle:


Die Korrespondenz zwischen George W. Cable und Hugo Schuchardt wurde von Kathrin Brandt bearbeitet, kommentiert und eingeleitet.

Die Webedition wurde unter Mitarbeit von Belma Mahmutovic und Johannes Mücke erstellt.


George Washington Cable (1844-1925) was a writer from Louisiana. His writings critically present the life and society of 19th century Louisiana and New Orleans especially. He uses creole characters and language in his fiction, stressing the multi-cultural and multi-racial landscape of the Southern States instead of implementing the bi-racial patterns prevailing in his time. The social criticism pervading his work was made even more explicit in his essays that clearly opposed the Jim Crow laws and were not well received by fellow white Americans in his home state. Therefore, Cable and his family left the South for Massachusetts in 1885, two years after his exchange with Schuchardt. His interest was more cultural and political than linguistic but he depicts the local language, Louisiana Creole, in his works. (cf. Ewell & Menke 2002 and Turner 1956) This is the reason why Schuchardt writes to Cable. Their correspondence is limited to a few brief letters, in which Schuchardt asks about instances of Louisiana Creole (in their correspondence they call it: Patois Louisianais or Creole Patois) in Cable’s novels and is referred to a linguistic article instead. Cable writes in English, Schuchardt in French.


Two brief letters from Schuchardt to Cable contained in the George Washington Cable Papers were kindly made available for publication by the Louisiana Research Collection.


Hugo Schuchardt to George Washington Cable, January 29, 1883, George Washington Cable Papers, Louisiana Research Collection, Tulane University.

Briggs, Ward W. (ed.) 1998. Soldier and Scholar. Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve and the Civil War. Charlottesville & London: University Press of Virginia.

Ewell, B. / Menke, P. (eds.) 2002. Southern Local Color: Stories of Region, Race, and Gender. Athen, GA: University of Georgia Press.

George W. Cable: Selected Fiction

---- 1879. Old Creole Days.

---- 1880. The Grandissimes: A Story of Creole Life.

---- 1881. Madame Delphine.

---- 1882. Dr. Sevier.

---- 1890. Strange True Stories of Louisiana.

---- 1892. A Memory of Roswell Smith.

George W. Cable: Essays

----1885. The Silent South.

----1890. The Negro Question.

Harrison, J. A. 1882. The Creole Patois of Louisiana.American Journal of Philology. 285-296.

Jumonville, F. (ed.). 2002. Louisiana History. An Annotated Bibliography. Westport, Connecticut & London: Greenwood Press.

Thomas, J. J. 1869. The theory and practice of Creole grammar. Trinidad, Port of Spain: The Chronicle Publishing office.

Turner, A. 1956. George W. Cable: A Biography. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.

Herkunft der Digitalisate

Für die von Hugo Schuchardt an George Washington Cable verschickten Briefe gilt:

George Washington Cable Papers, Louisiana Research Collection, Tulane University

Die von George Washington Cable an Hugo Schuchardt verschickten Briefe befinden sich in:

Universitätsbibliothek Graz Abteilung für Sondersammlungen