1974 BEN EARL LOONEY-CAJUN COUNTRY-LOUISIANA DRAWINGS

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1974 BEN EARL LOONEY-CAJUN COUNTRY-LOUISIANA DRAWINGS

LOONEY, Ben Earl

"CAJUN COUNTRY"

Lafayette , Louisiana . University of Southwestern Louisiana Press. 1974. First Edition. Quarto. 201 pp. Hardcover with dustjacket. Bound in illustrated cream cloth. With numerous B&W full page plate illustrations. Contents clean with light page yellowing. Covers with yellowing. In Near Fine condition. Includes original dustjacket, in Very Good condition, with yellowing, light soiling, light edge bending, and two minor edge tears.

Ben Earl Looney (June 2, 1904 - May 25, 1981) was a Louisiana artist and author known for his Water Colors of Dixie and Cajun Country, pen and ink sketches of Acadiana.

Looney was born in tiny Yellow Pine south of Minden , the seat of Webster Parish, to Julian A. Looney (1871-1958) and the former Mollie McKinney (1872-1932). The community was so named because the original buildings were all constructed in yellow pine timber. Julian and Mollie Looney shared a July 17 birthday but one year apart. He graduated from Minden High School , where he was known as "Earl", in 1923. His artistic talent was already apparent, as he was the art editor of the yearbook staff. One of his classmates was Leland G. Mims, a 1921 graduate who was later a small businessman in Minden and a veteran
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