Alabama NewsCenter — Southern Literary Trail Highlights Alabama Authors

| August 2, 2021 @ 2:00 pm

By Pamela A. Keene
Alabama Living

Stories of renowned authors with Alabama connections run deep, and in some cases the legends are even deeper. But for people who want to learn more about writers like Truman Capote, Harper Lee or Lillian Hellman, a journey along the Southern Literary Trail through Alabama can help set the records straight.

The three-state trail comprises homes, museums, writing centers and cemeteries that highlight 28 Southern 20th-century authors, from Margaret Mitchell and Erskine Caldwell to Zelda Fitzgerald and Capote. The brainchild of Alabama attorney William Gantt and representatives of literary sites and communities in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, the trail was legally established with bylaws and a board of directors in 2010.

“The goal was to honor and recognize how place influenced Southern writers and to preserve their histories,” said Gantt, who is chairman of the trail. “Each has an intriguing story to tell, and we hope that we’re able to give people further insight about them beyond the contents of the books they’ve written.”

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