Literary Attractions of Mississippi
The Magnolia State was the birthplace of several famous novelists, playwrights, and short-story legends. Some big names include William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, John Grisham, Nevada Barr, and even Oprah.
Step into historic Mississippi at stops like the Eudora Welty House, the John Grisham Room, and more.
Though born in Oxford, the works of William Faulkner are celebrated each year at the Faulkner Festival in Ripley of northern Mississippi. The William Faulkner Festival offers a walking tour of W.C. Falkner sites in early November.
And in nearby Oxford at the University of Mississippi, the English Department and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture host the Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference in July. Check it out for the Faux Faulkner contest alone.
A graduate of Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi School of Law, John Grisham is best known for bestsellers like "The Firm," "A Time To Kill," "The Pelican Brief," and more. Many of his thrillers are even set in Clanton – a fictional city in Mississippi.
Eudora Welty House
Pulitzer Prize-winning Eudora Welty was born in the capital city of Jackson in central Mississippi. A former student of the Mississippi State College for Women, Welty is yet another writer to be celebrated in the Magnolia State.
Today, the Eudora Welty House is a National Historic Landmark and a Mississippi Landmark listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Browse the Education & Visitors Center, or sign up for a tour of the home and Welty House Garden.
Born in Columbus, legendary playwright, poet, and author Tennessee Williams is known for famed titles like "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "The Glass Menagerie," and of course "A Streetcar Named Desire."
Williams is remembered in Columbus with the Columbus Welcome Center – otherwise known as the Tennessee Williams Home. Catch sight of the center along the annual Tennessee Williams Tribute & Tour of Victorian Homes in September.