Charles ÉTienne Arthur Gayarré


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(1805–95), New Orleans historian who, at the age of 30, was forced by ill health to resign his newly won seat in the U.S. Senate, and spent seven years in France, where he did much historical research. After returning to American politics, he retired in 1853 to become a leader of Louisiana literary circles, and wrote a monumental History of Louisiana (4 vols., 1851–66), which, though it began under the popular influence of Scott's romances, ended as a vivid and accurate narrative. He was also the author of a humorless satirical novel, The School for Politics (1845); a brilliant psychological study, Philip II of Spain (1866); Fernando de Lemos (1872), an autobiographical novel; and other fiction.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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