The Crescent City is one of the most romantic and charming cities in America so it’s no wonder why so many writers and their characters have found inspiration in the city that Tennessee Williams called his “spiritual home.” Ever wonder where the great author wrote A Streetcar Named Desire? How about watering hole of the 1920s literati when they moved and grooved in New Orleans? Looking for the mystique that drew Hemingway, Faulkner and W. Somerset Maugham to the Big Easy?
If you’re someone who has curiosity about characters, settings and the authors who created them, this section is for you!
You can click on the little icon with little bars running across it (on top left of map) for a key code, or click on the to get a more detailed description of the location, and below, I’ve made a key too.
A: Tennessee Williams wrote A Streetcar Named Desire: Location where Tennessee Williams heard the “rattle trap streetcar named Desire running along Royal and the one named Cemeteries running along Canal, and it seemed the perfect metaphor for the human condition.” A Streetcar Named Desire was born. *Also noted as being 632 St. Peter Street
B: Tennessee Williams’ final home: The final house where Tennessee Williams lived out his days and wrote his memoirs.
C: Tennessee Williams’ first apartment: Tennessee William’s first apartment in New Orleans, where he lived in the attic.
D: Tennessee Williams’ Home in 1946: Where Tennessee William’s lived in 1946
E: William Faulkner’s old townhouse: William Faulkner’s townhouse, built in the 1840s, where he lived and wrote during the French Quarter’s bohemian 1920s. He wrote Solider’s Pay here. Now the bookstore, Faulkner House Books is here.
F: Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone: They stayed, drank and wrote: Tennessee Williams, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Anne Rice, Eudora Welty, and John Grisham have stayed and drank and wrote here. The Monteleone was also the setting for Hemingway’s short story “Night Before Battle.”
G: Tennessee Williams’ home: Home where Tennessee Williams briefly stayed when he first moved to New Orleans.
H: George Washington Cable’s Sieur George”: Where George Washington Cable lived and wrote “Sieur George,” published in 1873. He described the building as, “With its gray stucco peeling off in broad patches, it has a solemn look of gentility in rags, and stands, or as it were, hangs, about the corner of two ancient streets, like a faded fop who pretends to be looking for employment.”
I: Anne Rice’s Home (1989 – 2004): Home to famous “Interview with a Vampire” author Anne Rice between 1989-2004. Located in the stunning Garden District of New Orleans, 1239 First Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.
J. A Streetcar Named Desire (fictitious home of Stanley & Stella): Although it was the fictitious address of Stella and Stanley, 632 Elysian Fields Avenue is really the home of a bike rental company, A Bicycle Named Desire.
K. Marti’s: A fav Restaurant of T. Williams: Located at 1041 Dumaine St, Marti’s was a favorite of Tennessee Williams who lived a few doors down.
Know a spot that didn’t land on the map? Drop me a line and I’ll update it! Accepting BOTH author’s residences, watering holes and writing spots, as well as book settings and character hangouts.