The Earl of Louisiana

The Earl of Louisiana

By A. J. Liebling; T. Harry Williams (Foreword by); Jonathan Yardley (Introduction by)

Louisiana State University Press, Paperback, 9780807133439, 352pp.

Publication Date: February 2008


In the summer of 1959, A. J. Liebling, veteran writer for the New Yorker, came to Louisiana to cover a series of bizarre events that began with Governor Earl K. Long's commitment to a mental institution. Captivated by his subject, Liebling remained to write the fascinating yet tragic story of Uncle Earl's final year in politics. First published in 1961, The Earl of Louisiana recreates a stormy era in Louisiana politics and captures the style and personality of one of the most colorful and paradoxical figures in the state's history. This updated edition of the book includes a foreword by T. Harry Williams, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Huey Long: A Biography, and a new introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Jonathan Yardley that discusses Liebling's career and his most famous book from a twenty-first-century perspective.

About the Author
A. J. Liebling, born October 18, 1904, joined the staff of "The New Yorker" in 1935 and contributed innumerable articles before his death in 1963.

T. Harry Williams is a famous historian whose books include the classic "Huey Long, P.G.T. Beauregard: Napoleon in Gray," "Lincoln and His Generals," and "McClellan, Sherman, and Grant,"

Booth Tarkington (18691946), born in Indianapolis, is best known for the Pulitzer Prize winning novel "The Magnificent Ambersons,"
Jonathan Yardley is a book critic and columnist for the "Washington Post," He has written six books and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism.