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Page 40 of 51 41 M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 7 T H E S O U T H H A S I N S P I R E D C O U N T L E S S C L A S S I C S WILLIAM FAULKNER'S ROWAN OAK OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI Rowan Oak was William Faulkner's home for more than 30 years until the time of his death in 1962. When he bought the Greek Revival house in Oxford, it didn't have running water or electricity, and the author made many of the home renovations himself. The 29 acres of woods and trees surrounding the home include 55 species, none of which are the "Rowan" or the "Oak." That's Faulkner's sense of irony showing through. He wrote several of his most impor- tant works at Rowan Oak. The outline of the plot for his novel "A Fa- ble" remains on the walls in one of the rooms. The story goes that the room was part of a new addition he began while his wife was away, and he planned to paint over the writing when she returned. But his wife was so upset about the new addition that she wouldn't let him paint it. Both husband and wife were equally stubborn. "The house is set up for you to discover Faulkner at your own pace," said curator William Griffith, suggesting that groups stop to listen to a recording of Faulkner's Nobel Prize acceptance speech. "The house is full of paintings and furniture original to the Faulkners, as well as exhibits and galleries." Groups can request tours, but Griffith said he keeps them short so they can explore the house and grounds on their own; the tours include a walking trail through woods that haven't been logged since 1872. W W W . R O W A N O A K . C O M ERNEST HEMINGWAY HOUSE KEY WEST, FLORIDA While stuck in Key West in 1928 waiting for a Ford Roadster to ar- rive, Hemingway began writing with such clarity that he banged out the first draft of "A Farewell to Arms" in just three weeks. He and his second wife, Pauline, decided to stay. The 1851 Spanish Colonial home that they purchased and remodeled is now open as the Hemingway House, one of the most fascinating author's homes in the country. Hemingway ended up writing most of his major works in his studio, which was only accessible by a bridge that extended from the upstairs bedroom. Visitors can still see the Royal portable typewriter sitting at the desk where he wrote. Almost everything in the home is original, from the European antiques the Hemingways collected during their travels and the trophy mounts and skins from their hunting trips to the urinal garden fountain and the monastery gate the author used as a headboard. "One thing many people stop by to see are the famous six-toed [polydactyl] cats," said curator Dave Gonzales. Hemingway kept nearly 50 cats for good luck, and today, 54 cats — all descendants of the origi- nals — roam the estate. Several Hemingway aficionados guide groups throughout the home and gardens and offer details about three new exhibits that focus on his Paris years, his fishing yacht Pilar and his trip to Africa. W W W . H E M I N G W A Y H O M E . C O M FLORIDA Courtesy Rob O'Neal Photography Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum Ernest Hemmingway Home and Museum © EPE. Graceland and its marks are trademarks of EPE. All Rights Reserved. Elvis Presley™ © 2017 ABG EPE IP LLC Featuring an All-New, Immersive Enter tainment Experience GRACELAND.COM/GROUPS • 800-238-2010 O P E N I N G M A R C H 2 0 1 7 GROUP R AT ES AVAILABLE

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