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Southern Literary Trail: Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi http://www.southernliterarytrail.org/index.html
Conrad Aiken: Poet, Savannah
See You Tube of Savannah home: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIbgsmqozXI
Robert Burns: Scottish Poet (“To a Louse,” “To a Mouse,” “Tam O’Shanter), Atlanta
Bet you didn’t know that Robert Burns’s childhood hood is located in Atlanta! Well…a replicate of it is–988 Alloway Pl., Atlanta SE. See this earlier blog post to read more: https://readersunbound.com/2014/01/25/robert-burns-very-much-at-home-in-atlanta/
Erskine Caldwell: Novelist (Tobacco Road), Moreland
Childhood home: “The Little Manse.” The Erskine Caldwell Birthplace Museum is usually open Saturday and Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Caldwell Birthplace, POB 207, Moreland, GA 30259, 404-254-8657. http://newnan.com/ec/
James Dickey: Poet and Novelist (Deliverance), Atlanta
Dickey was born in Atlanta on February 2, 1923, the son of Maibelle Swift and Eugene Dickey. He spent his first eighteen years in Atlanta and attended North Fulton High School. His poem “Looking for the Buckhead Boys” recalls some of the friends he knew during those years.
The Foxfire Museum: High school journalists in the North Georgia mountains (Foxfire Magazine, many editions of The Foxfire Book), near Black Rock Mountain State Park and Dillard
The “museum” is actually a gathering of log cabins and other buildings saved and moved to land purchased by the Foxfire organization. A terrific day trip. See this earlier post to read all about it. https://readersunbound.com/2013/10/16/foxfire-illuminating-a-mountain-culture/
Robert Frost: The McCain Library at Agnes Scott College in Decatur has a small collection and display of handwritten poems, photographs, Christmas cards, and more, from Frost’s many years of visiting Agnes Scott from the mid-30s up until his death in 1963. http://libguides.agnesscott.edu/content.php?pid=38755&sid=1845935
See this earlier post on the Robert Frost Collection at Agnes Scott: https://readersunbound.com/2014/04/09/frost-in-springtime/
Mary Gay: Novelist, Decatur
716 West Trinity Place, Decatur, GA 30030 / Phone: 404-378-2162
The Mary Gay House was built in the 1820s in Decatur, Georgia. The name Mary Gay comes from the homes most famous tenant Mary Ann Harris Gay (1828-1918). The Confederate author and heroine is best remembered for writing an eyewitness history titled Life in Dixie During the War. In this book, Mary Gay recounts a series of daring exploits, including her forays across enemy lines to secure food and clothing for women and children of war-torn Decatur. Her writings have inspired some of the world’s best authors including inspiration being used by Margaret Mitchell to create scenes in Gone With the Wind and being used by Mark Twain when he quoted some of Mary Gay’s poetry in Tom
Joel Chandler Harris: Folkorist (The Uncle Remus Stories), Atlanta, Eatonton
1. Literary Itinerary, Eatonton & Putnam County:
2. The Wren’s Nest: Home of Joel Chandler Harris, Atlanta
http://www.wrensnest.org/ 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW, Atlanta 30310, 404-753-7735. See this earlier post on The Wren’s Nest: https://readersunbound.com/2013/11/20/the-wrens-nest-forty-years-later/
Fanny Kemble: Journal Writer, British Actress, Abolitionist (Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839) , Little St. Simons Island (Butler Plantation)
Today, the plantations Kemble wrote about reflect the diversity of the region: the former estate on Butler’s Island has been turned into a state wildlife preserve; another patrimonial home on St. Simons has been obliterated by development, absorbed on the grounds of a marina; and Little St. Simons Island remains in the hands of the family that bought the land from Fanny Kemble’s daughters and is now a luxury resort. These islands are dotted with reminders of this remarkable nineteenth-century woman and the mark she left on this remote corner of Georgia.
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Preacher, essayist, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Atlanta, Ga.
1.The Civil and Human Rights Museum, 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30313-1807. http://www.civilandhumanrights.org/
Designated room contains selections from King’s papers owned by Morehouse University. Includes first pages (handwritten) of sermons; notecards for doctoral dissertation on Paul Tillich and Henry Wieman; notes from Selma jail to Andrew Young ( a to-do list outlining ways to bring attention to Selma); annotated “Letter from Birmingham Jail” in Christian Century, 1963 (one of first published versions, basis for later revisions); Eulogy for Four Little Girls murdered in church bombing, Birmingham 1963 (typed and then revised by hand); hand draft “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam”; much more.
2. King’s birthplace, Ebenezer Baptist Church, tomb. National Park Service, tours available. (King Historic District, Atlanta) http://www.nps.gov/malu/index.htm
For the complete list of Georgia author homes and museums (McCullers, Mitchell, O’Connor and more), visit the page listed in the top right corner.
If you have suggestions for other literary destinations in Georgia, please leave a comment. Thanks!