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The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
VOLUME XVIII. Later National Literature, Part III.

XXXI. Non-English Writings I.

§ 28. The Drama.


The first drama written in Louisiana took a native theme. Poucha-Houmma was composed by Le Blanc de Villeneufve at the age of seventy-eight, being based upon an Indian story he had heard fifty years before while in the employ of the government among the Tchactas (Choctaws). It is a tragedy in the familiar Alexandrines, and it observes the unities. It was written, says the author, to vindicate the noble character of the Indian. The manner is that of Corneille; indeed, the play might well be called a Louisiana Cid. The old chief addresses his warriors thus:
       
Augustes descendants d’n peuple sans pareil,
Très illustres enfants des enfants du Soleil.
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