They always say "Write what you know", so it's no wonder that some of America's best writers came up with their most successful works after setting them in places they spent a long time in.
Here are the most popular books from six states that have been immortalized in the written word!
Missouri: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
This is the classic story of a young boy growing up along the Mississippi River and all the mishaps that happen along the way. It has become a staple of schools everywhere in the world for showing us the difficult lives of a different time in America, with a humorous perspective!
New York: The Great Gatsby
This now iconic story of a mysterious man who refused to give up on his lifelong desire while mixing with New York socialites serves as a cautionary portrayal of the American Dream. It was the most successful work that author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, ever released. It came at a time of economic and political upheaval, perfectly capturing the essence of the country's transformation.
Alabama: To Kill A Mockingbird
This novel by the widely acclaimed Harper Lee is a damning expose of the day-to-day racial relations that existed in the 1930s. Narrated by six-year-old Jean Louise Finch, it outlines the events surrounding the trial of a black man in a small town in Alabama. It is consistently held up as the hallmark for social justice works.
Colorado: The Shining
While most people know the plot because of the gripping movie released many years later, this horror story of an aspiring writer and one-time alcoholic was a semi-autobiographical account from author, Stephen King. This was his third published novel and the first bestselling hardcover, cementing King's position as a leader in the horror genre.