‘Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy… that’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’ And doesn’t Harper Lee’s state Alabama and the Deep South have a lot to sing and write about.
That great novel, To Kill A Mockingbird was 60 years old last year.
And it is regularly listed as one of the public’s favourite books and Harper Lee is rightly celebrated in the Deep South state.
So much so that the good residents of her own Monroeville homestead live the story every year.
With the locals actually becoming part of the cast alongside Jem, Scout, Boo Ridley, Atticus Finch and Tom Robinson.
Part of the cast
Every April and May, a version of Mockingbird is put on by people from the community.
And you’ll see the jury preside over Tom Robinson’s trial is selected from the audience before each performance.
While just a short drive away lies Montgomery where Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald lived from 1931-32 and where Scott worked on Tender is the Night.
You can visit the Jazz Age couple’s Felder Avenue home is now the site of the F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum.
And a two-bedroom apartment that can be booked by literary lovers on Airbnb.
The Sound of the South
It is no coincidence that Hollywood mines the Deep South for epic movies.
William Faulkner, the Poet Laureate of the South says it better than ya’ll could.. certainly this scribbler.
Faulkner is the author of the classic The Sound and the Fury.
And he opined: ‘I discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it.’
And you can learn much more about Faulkner and other alumni from the Magnolia State including Richard Wright and Eurdora Welty on The Mississippi Writers Trail.
While Faulkner will forever be linked to the Deep South, that too is the case for Tennessee Williams. Well, how could it not as he carried it around the state in his name?
Good ole Southern Boys
And to immerse yourself in the region is to step right into the pages of these great storytellers.
Yes, truly, the Deep South have a lot to sing and write about.