Burman, Ben Lucien, 1896-1984. | Tulane University Special Collections
Name: Burman, Ben Lucien, 1896-1984.
Historical Note: Noted for his depictions of life on the Mississippi River, Ben Lucien Burman (1896-1984) achieved early fame with Steamboat round the bend (1933) and Blow for a landing (1938). He then embarked upon his "Catfish Bend" series of satiric Southern fables. They were an international success and were translated into many languages, including Burmese, Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese. During World War II, Burman turned to non-fiction and became a noted journalist. From his base in North Africa, he achieved fame for his exposé of the Petain regime. He was awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal. He drew upon his experiences as a wartime journalist for his book, Generals wear cork hats. His wife, Alice Caddy Burman (1896-1977), illustrated her husband's novels, depicting rural scenes from the 1930s.
Sources: Manuscripts Collection 529
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