Pictured: Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi

“I discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about, and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it.” — Nobel Prize Winner William Faulkner

Faulkner is just one of the many literary giants whose love of literature began with a love of Mississippi. Stroll upon Faulkner’s native soil at his home in Oxford and learn about his family roots in New Albany and Ripley. See the Mississippi that Tennessee Williams called “the beauty spot of creation, a dark, wide spacious land that you can breathe in” by visiting his childhood home in Columbus. Visit Eudora Welty’s home and gardens in Jackson, which appear just as they were when she would step out the door for one of her countless trips to the neighborhood grocery store, which also remains. Explore the Smith-Robertson Museum in Jackson, where Richard Wright walked the halls as a schoolboy. These writers have given birth to a new generation of Mississippi literary heritage – from the master of legal thrillers, John Grisham, to the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner Donna Tartt and Natasha Trethewey, Poet Laureate of the United States in 2012. If you love literature, Mississippi’s literary heritage and the native soil invite you to explore the inspiration behind some of the world’s greatest writing. Follow the Southern Literary Trail through Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia to visit the places that influenced well-known 20th century writers.