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Literary Mississippi

Mississippi is the home state of some of America’s most prize-winning and adored writers, such as William Faulkner, Margaret Walker, Eudora Welty, and Tennessee Williams, each of whom has a publicly open place on our Mississippi Author Adventures Trail.

In addition, we invite awareness of the Richard Wright Memorial Highway, a portion of Highway 84 in the Natchez area (southwest of Jackson), named for the author best known for writing Native Son and Black Boy. (His childhood home is in the area, but it is not open to the public.) The Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration’s annual Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award was created and named in his honor. Details are here: https://www.colin.edu/community/natchez-literary-and-cinema-celebration/richard-wright-award.

Also included in our trail is a university not connected to one specific author but holding an outstanding collection of Southern literature, particularly the works of writers connected to the literary hub of Greenville.

Click any link below for author and place information.

A. and B. Eudora Welty, Jackson
C. Margaret Walker Alexander, Jackson
D. Willie Morris, Jackson
E. John Grisham, Starkville
F. Tennessee Williams, Columbus
G. William Faulkner, Oxford
H. Tennessee Williams, Clarksdale
I. Delta State University (John Grisham and the McCormick collection), Cleveland