Knoxville has bred several prominent authors with followings around the world. Several have written in eloquent detail about their hometown, including James Agee, Nikki Giovanni, David Madden, Cormac McCarthy, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and others.
Knoxville is particularly featured heavily in A Death in the Family by James Agee (1909-1955), an autobiographical novel that was published posthumously and won a Pulitzer Prize for the author in 1957.
There are several sites around Knoxville worth visiting with connections to local authors:
Related Stories by KHP’s Jack Neely:
James Agee: Our Man in Havana
Frances Hodgson Burnett: Finding Vagabondia
Thomas Wolfe: New Found Celebrity