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Literary Tourism

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message 1: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) I know there are a few places in Missouri that celebrate some of the wonderful authors who have called this state their home. I thought it might be fun to start a list of locations of literary tourism in and around Missouri (surrounding states). If you've visited these places, let us know what you think. You just might inspire another reader's road trip!

message 2: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) I'll kick this off with the obvious - Mark Twain's boyhood home. I've never been, but it looks like fun. Anyone have any experiences to share?


message 3: by Katy (new)

Katy Brandes (justuskats) | 4 comments I never read the Little House on the Prairie books as a kid, but the author came from Mansfield, MO. http://www.lauraingallswilderhome.com/

message 4: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) Wow! Thanks, ladies, for the great information!

Since moving back into Missouri a few years ago I've had it in my head to take a trip to Mansfield to see the Laura Ingalls Wilder home, but I haven't made it yet. I've even tried to lure my husband there with a side trip to Baker's Seeds, but something always comes up. Maybe this year!

I read many of the books in the series as a girl and loved them. Of course, I also grew up watching the show. Last summer I tried to read Little House in the Big Woods to my two daughters (age 11). They were bored to tears! I was more than a little disappointed.

message 5: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, but his family moved to Lawrence, Kansas, when he was still an infant. Since we are including surrounding states in this thread, I thought I might add this link. It has some interesting information about the history of his family and tells of a few memorials in Lawrence that commemorate Hughes.


message 6: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) Here's an interesting article from 2006 about T.S. Eliot and his connection to St. Louis.


and a photo of his family home...


message 7: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) Close enough to Missouri to count. Check out this article about the book scene in Lawrence, Kansas.


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