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Mississippis Literary Landmarks
Mississippi is home to many literary landmarks, both real and fictional. Perhaps the most famous literary address in America is Yoknapatawpha County, William Faulkners apocryphal setting for most of his fiction and based in large measure upon his hometown of Oxford.
But Yoknapatawpha is only a small part of the broader literary landscape of Mississippi. Jackson ... Vicksburg ... Yazoo City ... the Natchez Trace ... the Delta ... all of these places, and many others, have played a role in the lives and works of Mississippi writers.
The map below indicates six principal
regions of Mississippi, each of which has played its share in the
history of the state: the Mississippi-Yazoo River Delta,
the hills and ridges
of the states northeastern corner, the Heartland,
the area near the states principal river
cities of Vicksburg and Natchez, the Piney
Woods, and the Gulf
Coast. Each of these links to a more detailed map of the region and
a brief commentary on the area's key literary landmarks and Mississippi
writers who have called that part of the state home. In addition, you
may choose to view a larger
map of the entire state (98 KB) showcasing Mississippis cities,
towns, and landmarks of literary significance.