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St. Louis, Mo. Tennessee Williams home 4633 Westminster Place¬† (private) Born in Mississippi, Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams (1911-1983) spent most of his childhood and young manhood in St. Louis, after his father, a shoe salesman, secured employment there. But Williams’ father often drank or gambled away his paycheck, forcing the family to live in a […]

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“Stella!”

St. Louis, Mo. International Shoe Company 1501 Washington Avenue International Shoe Company warehouse 701 N. 15th Street In 1931, Tennessee Williams’ father secured his son a summer job as an office clerk at the show company where he himself was sales manager. Later, when the Depression leveled the family’s finances and Cornelius withdrew his son […]

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St. Louis, Mo. William S. Burroughs home 4664 Pershing Avenue Author William S. Burroughs (1914-1997) was born on this quiet, tree-lined street, and the large, 3-story house belonging to his family is still standing. Burroughs’ family was wealthy: in 1885, Burroughs’ grandfather had invented the adding machine. Young Burroughs began writing at age 8, and […]

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St. Louis, Mo. Statue of Beatrice Cenci (1856) St. Louis Mercantile Library Thomas Jefferson Library Building One University Blvd. Originally from Watertown, Massachusetts, Harriet Hosmer (1830-1908) applied to study anatomy – as preparation for sculpting the human body – at Boston Medical School and other eastern schools and was refused admittance. Wayman Crow, the father […]

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Sharon Hill, Pa. Bessie Smith grave Mt. Lawn Cemetery 84th Street and Hook Road Blues great Bessie Smith (1895-1937) was born into poverty in Tennessee and was discovered singing on street corners at a tender age by Ma Rainey. Though Smith later married a man, she enjoyed numerous sexual relationships with lesbians and bisexual women […]

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Key West, Fla. Elizabeth Bishop home 624 White Street Poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) was born into a wealthy family from Worcester, Mass. After her graduation from Vassar, she used a family inheritance to live a nomadic life in New York City, Europe, Florida, and other places. In 1938, she and her lover at the time, […]

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