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New Iberia in Iberia Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

James Lee Burke

 
 
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October 7, 2016
1. James Lee Burke Marker
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Fans of author James Lee Burke will easily recognize New Iberia as the settings for several of his famed Dave Robicheaux novels. Burke, who has been called the Faulkner of crime fiction, spent summers with his family in New Iberia. This area is clearly very dear to him, as his fictionalized version of New Iberia plays a prominent part in each of his stories.

The Main Street that Burke describes as the most beautiful in the country is just a part of the attraction of New Iberia, a city having "southern manners and at the same time is a first-name kind of place."If you read Dave Robicheaux's descriptions, you can get an even better picture of what downtown New Iberia is like.

"I look down from the window at the brick paved street in the morning's blue light, the colonnades over the sidewalks, a black man pushing a wooden cart laden with strawberries from under the overhang of a dark green oak tree. The scene looks like a postcard mailed from the nineteenth century." - A Stained White Radiance, James Lee Burke

Burke is one of only two authors to have won Edgar Awards. His novel The Lost Get Back Boogiewas nominated for a pulitzer Prize, and In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead was filmed in New Iberia and the surrounding areas. Many locals were cast in the movie, which
James Lee Burke Marker image. Click for full size.
October 7, 2016
2. James Lee Burke Marker
starred Tommy Lee Jones, John Goodman, Mary Steenburgen and Ned Beatty.
 
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Location. 30° 0.319′ N, 91° 49.057′ W. Marker is in New Iberia, Louisiana, in Iberia Parish. Marker is on East Main Street (State Highway 182) south of Bridge Street (State Route 86), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Iberia LA 70560, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William G. "Bunk" Johnson (here, next to this marker); Evangeline Theater (a few steps from this marker); The Great Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); Wormser's Department Store (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dreyfus Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Davis Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Provost's Café and Bar/Clementine Fine Dining and Spirits (within shouting distance of this marker); Segura - Labourgeois Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Iberia.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 16, 2017.
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