Mississippi is known for its contributions to American literature. Even today, some of the most popular fiction writers like John Grisham and Greg Iles continue to represent Mississippi in their works. Our state’s literary traditions cover the entire state, and they’re the perfect excuse to take a road trip around the state. Whether you’re a bibliophile or just interested in history there’s something to love about these sites on Mississippi’s literary map.
William Faulkner & Rowan Oak – Oxford, MS
One of Mississippi’s most famous giants of literature is undoubtedly William Faulkner. His contributions to the American canon not only won him a Pulitzer Prize, he was also awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1949.
Faulkner spent most of his time at Rowan Oak, his estate in Oxford, MS. The majestic house sits on 29 acres of land minutes from historic downtown Oxford. The grounds are open from dawn to dusk and are free to the public. House tours are available for a $5 admission fee and well worth the cost. Inside the house you can see where Faulkner wrote on the walls, which helped immerse himself in his novels’ density.
More information on Rowan Oak can be found here.
The Birthplace of Tennessee Williams – Columbus, MS
Tennessee Williams is arguably the most important American playwright that ever lived. His works continue to be produced on stage and screen and are studied in schools across the country.
You can find Tennessee Williams’ humble birthplace in Columbus, MS. The Victorian style house was actually the rectory of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and was threatened to be torn down in the early 1990’s as part of the church’s expansion. Fortunately, the house became an historic landmark and was given the designation of National Literary Landmark. It’s open to the public and currently serves as the Welcome Center for the City of Columbus.
Learn more about The Birthplace of Tennessee Williams here.
Eudora Welty House & Garden – Jackson, MS
Eudora Welty was one of the best short story writers of the 20th century and won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Optimist’s Daughter.
Her house, which she lived in for nearly 80 years, is in the historic Belhaven District in Jackson, MS. She wrote most of her entire canon in the house including her essays on gardening, which was one of her favorite hobbies. The grounds prove this and tours of her personal garden, which has been maintained, are available for tours along with the house.
More information on the Eudora Welty House & Garden can be found here.
Ready to immerse yourself in Mississippi literature? Be sure to book your stay at Harmony Farm during your travels!