A literary tour of Atlanta

The South possess many great authors, and each state boasts its own famous author home and museum. Faulkner’s Rowan Oak is in Oxford, Mississippi. New Orleans houses the Monteleone Hotel, which is a national literary landmark. The Monroe County Courthouse in Monroeville, Alabama is central in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. 

These locations are only the beginning of the many homes and landmarks in the South. Atlanta isn’t lacking in literary locations, either—Joel Chandler Harris and Margaret Mitchell both left their marks on this city, and their homes are still used today as publishing houses and museums.

The Margaret Mitchell House and museum was built in 1899 and continues to function as a literary center, special events venue, and tourist attraction. It was renovated in 1994 after a fire severely damaged it.

In my post Gone to the Movies, I highlighted a photo of Margaret Mitchell with the lead actors of Gone With the Wind, Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. They stayed in the Georgian Terrace housed the two actors while they filmed the movie.

Margaret Mitchell is buried in Oakland Cemetery.

Joel Chandler Harris, author of Uncle Remus, lived at what is now called The Wren’s Nest. It is now being used as a literary center and publishing house for student writers. Read more about it in my post about publishing houses.

Check out the Google map of these locations, which includes addresses and contact information.


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