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Some of America's best loved authors hail from Texas—Katherine Anne Porter, O. Henry, and Larry McMurtry among them. Texas is also home to remarkable collections of literary treasures, from the Gutenberg Bible at the Ransom Center in Austin to the personal papers of the Brownings at Waco's Armstrong Browning Center. Book lovers will find myriad ways to indulge their passion: from children's picture books and Edgar Allen Poe to Conan the Barbarian—the written word is writ large in Texas.
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Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980) has been called Texas' greatest writer—even though she lived much of her life far from her childhood homes of Indian Creek and Kyle in Hill Country. The Pulitzer Prize-winning short story writer lived in Texas...
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409 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
One of America's best-loved and most accessible writers, O.Henry (also known as William Sidney Porter) lived at the house known today as the O. Henry Museum between 1893 and 1895, before the writer took on the name and the pithy persona we know...
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1023 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78721, USA
Held in Austin at the beginning of every October, the two-day Texas Book Festival—one of the largest and most prestigious in the United States—features hundreds of guest writers, miles of books, contests, literary crawls through the city, and...
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204 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
If Oscar Wilde returned to the historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio (either in person or in ghostly form), he would no doubt think that little had changed since he stayed there in the 1880s on his tour through the "Wild West." By the time Wilde...
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625 SW Fifth St, Cross Plains, TX 76443, USA
One could claim that Game of Thrones has its roots in Texas. The "Sword and Sorcery" genre certainly had a founding father in Robert E. Howard, the author of the famed Conan the Barbarian stories. Howard, a prolific writer of genre fiction for the...
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2821 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219, USA
It took a 1920s cotton magnate and a 1980s oil heiress to create the city’s most iconic stay, the former incorporating hallmarks of European design into a 10,000-square-foot house the likes of which had never been seen in Dallas—think...
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300 W 21st St, Austin, TX 78712, USA
One of the world's greatest cultural archives, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin houses collections comprising literature, art, film, journalism, theater, photography, and more. The Center was founded in 1957 by Harry...
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216 S Center St, Archer City, TX 76351, USA
It's a book lover's dream come true: Imagine an antiquarian bookstore filled with all manner of tomes chosen with care by an author himself. Now imagine that the author is Larry McMurtry, the man behind Lonesome Dove, The Last Picture Show, and ...
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710 Speight Ave, Waco, TX 76706, USA
Baylor University campus has many things to offer besides it’s world class reputation for higher learning. I had the opportunity to visit Waco Texas and one of our stops was here at Baylor. The Armstrong Browning Library was quite memorable, it...