Odd leaves from the life of a Louisiana "swamp doctor" (circa 1850)
June 20, 2014 2:33 PM Subscribe
One of the most intriguing personalities in Southern medical history of the nineteenth century is Dr. Henry Clay Lewis (1825-1850), whose fame rests not on his accomplishments in medicine, but upon his humorous writings published under the pseudonym "Madison Tensas, M.D., the Louisiana Swamp Doctor."
Though Lewis was a practicing doctor, his true identity as the author of the "Southern grotesque
) pieces was not known until after his death
. His works pre-dated the Southern Gothic style
), and are unusual for their time in that "[Lewis] presents his black characters with as much pain and grotesqueness as his white characters, steering away from the time's usual stereotypes
." You can read a longer biography and a summary of his style here
, or just dive in and read his works, which available online in
Odd leaves from the life of a Louisiana "swamp doctor"
, which was also published as
The swamp doctor's adventures in the South-west
(also available with fourteen illustrations
) on Archive.org.
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