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Mississippi’s 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 Faulkner’s 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 literary history of the state: the Mississippi-Yazoo River Delta, the hills and ridges of the state’s northeastern corner, the Heartland, the area near the state’s 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 Mississippi’s cities, towns, and landmarks of literary significance.

The Delta
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The Hill Country
The Heartland
The Piney Woods
The Gulf Coast


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