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40 M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 7 A L I T E R A RY L A N D S C A P E Courtesy Rob O'Neal Photography The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum still houses about 54 cats with six toes that descended from cats Hemingway once owned. I t would have been bad form for groups to knock at the front doors of these six Southern literary giants while they were working, but today, thousands of visitors step into the homes where some of America's greatest stories traveled from ink to paper. Because Southern fiction is characteristically tied to a sense of place, Southern writers steal most of their fiction from the house, the grounds and the people around them. By visiting their homes, groups get to see the real-life details that wound their way into fiction. ese six homes also divulge the storied lives of the writers and their families, from Ernest Hemingway's expensive party home in Key West to Flannery O'Connor's quiet dairy farm in Georgia. B Y K E R E N H A M E L T R A V E L G U I D E S OU TH E R N

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