Southern Charms and Comforts: A Literary Tour of the Deep South of the USA

 

Courthouse at Monroeville, setting of the trial scene in Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, image

Courthouse at Monroeville, setting of the trial scene in Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird

The ‘Deep South’ – the words conjure up images of elegant plantation homes, cotton fields, Negro spirituals and Spanish moss dripping from the trees. However, the ‘Deep South’ is also famed for its writers.

It is Gone with the Wind country, the land of Br’er Rabbit and the Tar-Baby, the place where Atticus Finch fought racism in To Kill a Mockingbird and where the maidservants of The Help find a voice and use it. Pulitzer and Nobel-prize winner William Faulkner was a product of Mississippi and this tour will include a visit to Rowan Oak, his refuge from the world. Margaret Mitchell worked as a reporter on the Atlanta papers, and the tales her grandmother told her on the porch inspired a fascination for the Civil War which made her create Scarlett O’Hara. This tour will include visits to the flat where she wrote her record-breaking novel, the region where she situated Tara, a Gone with the Wind museum and libraries which contain important Margaret Mitchell documents.

We were thrilled from the first day in the beautiful city of Savannah until the final days in charming brash New Orleans. Literary highlights included the visit to Flannery O’Connor’s Andalusia, the performance of to Kill a Mockingbird I Monroeville and intriguing lectures from many local literary experts throughout. Susannah Fullerton & Peter Cox were superb in every way.” Jill & Neil – Literary Tour of the Deep South 2015

 Gracious Savannah is home to Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and was also where poet Conrad Aiken suffered tragedy in his childhood; Alice Walker grew up in Eatonton and drew on the history of that town for The Color Purple; and Tennessee Williams travelled on a streetcar named ‘Desire’ in New Orleans. Other writers explored during the tour include Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, Flannery O’Connor, Truman Capote, Erskine Caldwell and many more. Many excellent libraries will be welcoming us to view their collections – these include outstanding archives of papers and memorabilia by John Grisham, W.B. Yeats, and many other writers. There will even be a Presidential library to visit – that of Jimmy Carter in Atlanta.

This is an historical tour as well as a literary one – there are Civil War sites, places connected with slavery, museums and exhibitions about the race riots of the 1950s and 60s, grand plantation homes and colonial towns. Enjoy fine Southern food and hospitality, music and theatre and a rich variety of landscapes.

 

For full details of Susannah’s tours contact Australians Studying Abroad, ph. 1800 645755 or info@asatours.com.au

 

 Praise for Susannah Fullerton’s tours – click here.