Stories are important. Stories help us make sense of the world around us, and they take us to worlds undreamt of. Reading improves your focus, increases your empathy, and expands your vocabulary. Plus, it's fun. Here are some of the places in the United States most deeply associated with both the great authors of our country and their work.
1 of 10 10. Rowan Oak
The state of Mississippi is steeped in literary tradition. From classic writers like Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, and Pearl Rivers to modern authors like Charlaine Harris and John Grisham, many people of letters have called the state home. But William Faulkner may be the writer most closely associated with the state, and he's certainly one of the easiest to find a memorial to. Consider visiting his former home of Rowan Oak, the National Historic Landmark and museum where Faulkner spent much of his life.
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