Know the Author - A One Day Literary Trek


Eatonton, Georgia and the surrounding area is the birthplace to three famous authors.


Joel Chandler Harris (1848 - 1908), best known for his Uncle Remus stories, was born in Eatonton and grew up as a newspaper apprentice at nearby Turnwold Plantation.


Flannery O'Connor (1925 - 1964), who is often compared to Faulkner, wrote Wiseblood, A Good Man is Hard to Find, The Violent Bear It Away, and many other stories. Ms. O'Connor lived on a dairy farm named Andalusia, located between Eatonton and Milledgeville, and her writings reflect settings and situations from Andalusia.


Alice Walker (1944 - ), poet, author, Pulitzer Prize winner for The Color Purple, was born and raised on a farm near Eatonton.


All these authors have had their works translated into many different languages and their writings are known and appreciated all over the world.


It is possible to visit the birthplace, home, or museum of these three famous authors in a single day. 


If a trip like this intrigues you, come by the Eatonton-Putnam County Library to get more information on these authors.  The library has on display all the books they have written and makes these books available for sale.  The Eatonton-Putnam County Library will be happy to make your visit to Eatonton more informative and enjoyable.