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James Lee Burke (1994)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana, Los Angeles, California

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1994-05-19

Duration: 00:25:19

Subjects: Burke, James Lee, 1936- | Authors | Fiction | Writing


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Burke, James Lee Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from April 19, 1994, features an interview with James Lee Burke conducted by Gus Weill. Burke is an award winning mystery author best known for his Detective Dave Robicheaux series. He is also an alumnus of the Southwestern Louisiana Institute of Liberal and Technical Learning, which is now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Burke discusses: his time at SLI; his early interest in writing; his early careers in the oil fields and as a social worker in Los Angeles; dealing with rejection; the development of his Detective Robicheaux character; his writing habits; the upcoming film production of his book, staring Alec Baldwin; and his feelings toward Louisiana.