A Geographical Tour of Literary America

The Grand Tour of Literary Landmarks resulted from my students' success with another project that we called "Poetic License with THE AMAZING RACE." This new journey also begins and ends in my students' hometown. Chosen writers are specific to our curriculum and texts; however, teachers can adapt new selections to their students' needs. Side images are their original work. Photo images at each destination go directly to official sites or to the slideshows of my own travel photos. The main sources of written material here are www.Poets.org and Adventures in American Literature, Heritage Edition and Pegasus Edition.

Columbus, Georgia

On the literary map, travel from Sylvester to Columbus, Georgia.


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Visit Mrs. Steller's Carson McCuller Gallery.

Read about Carson McCullers . Here is a timeline of her life and work.

"In our old Georgia home we used to have two sitting rooms -- a back one and a front one -- with folding doors between. These were the family living rooms and the theatre of my shows. The front sitting room was the auditorium, the back sitting-room the stage. The sliding doors the curtain." [Carson McCullers, writing about her home at 1519 Stark Avenue, Columbus.]

"The young Carson McCullers dropped a final curtain on her sitting-room shows 'when I first discovered Eugene O'Neill.' She was introduced to O'Neill at the Columbus library, and shortly afterwards, she put the gentle family plays of her childhood behind her. By age sixteen, McCullers had written her first short story, Sucker, and at twenty-three, she published her first novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Columbus is undeniably a character in the novel. Nearby Fort Benning plays an unidentified role in her second novel, Reflections in a Golden Eye."

from "Carson McCullers" on the Southern Literary Trail