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Destination DixieTourism and Southern History$
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Karen L. Cox

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813042374

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813042374.001.0001

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Persistence of Fiction

Persistence of Fiction

One Hundred Years of Tom Sawyer at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home

(p.17) 1 Persistence of Fiction
Destination Dixie

Hilary Iris Lowe

University Press of Florida

Hilary Iris Lowe begins this volume with an examination of literary tourism in her essay on the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Missouri. Lowe argues that until recently, the town’s history has taken a backseat to the “historic sites” related to the literary characters that were part of Twain’s fiction. The story of Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher, and “Nigger Jim” has long drawn tourists to Hannibal, which, as Lowe shows, became a place where fiction and history have been conflated as one in order to preserve the income-producing tourism that benefits the town.

Keywords:   Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, Hannibal, Missouri, Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer, tourism, tourists, historic sites, literary characters, conflation of history and fiction

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