Posted on 03/17/2021 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

As residents of Iowa, we’re keenly aware that small states can have outsized impacts on larger issues.

The same phenomenon has been observed about Mississippi, except that instead of politics, it has dramatically affected the world of literature.

That observation — and curiosity about why this is — inspired one native of the state to write an entire book on the matter.

W. Ralph Eubanks’s A Place Like Mississippi explores the interplay between the state’s qualities and the writers and writing it produces, through such notable authors as Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, William Faulkner, and Jesmyn Ward.

The book came out yesterday, the same day that Eubanks spoke about it with Mary Louise Kelly on All Things Considered.

You can read some of Eubanks’s comments on A Place Like Mississippi on NPR’s website or listen to his conversation with Kelly below.

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