Friday, January 28, 2011

Literary Travel: The Plot Thickens!

ROAD TRIP IDEAThomas Jefferson Library Booksphoto © 2008 Judy Breck | more info (via: Wylio)

Come and explore some of the homes or birthplaces of your favorite famous authors. Let us help you plan your next Literary Road Trip.

The Claiborne House B&B, Rocky Mount VA
  • David Baldacci bestselling author lives at Smith Mountain Lake VA. You might find some local area places and people woven into his stories of crime, mystery and espionage.
  • Earl Hamner Jr. novelist, creator of "The Waltons" televison series. You can visit the Walton's Museum in Schuyler VA.
  • Thomas Jefferson third president of the United states, principal author of The Declaration of Independence, The Louisiana Purchase. You can visit Jefferson's personal retreat "Poplar Forest" in Forest, VA

The Maguire House B&B, Ashburnham MALouisa May Alcott's Orchard House: Home of Little Women / 20100423.7D.05932 / SMLphoto © 2010 See-ming Lee | more info (via: Wylio) 

We are located 50 minutes from Concord MA, home to many great writers, including:
All are open to the public.  

McDowell-Nearing House, Muncie IN

Author Emily Kimbrough was born in Muncie, Indiana on October 23, 1899.  She lived here until age 12 when the family moved to Chicago.  She later graduated from Bryn Mawr College and with fellow classmate Cornelia Otis Skinner wrote Our Hearts Were Young and Gay, a humorous memoir about a post college trip that the friends took to Europe.
Emil Kimbrough Muncie IN

How Dear to My Heart, published in 1944 was a memoir of her early years in Muncie.  She recalled  “a childhood that was happy in great part, I think, because it was spent in a little town, where I was not a stranger to anyone.”

She was managing editor of Ladies Home Journal 1927-29.  Other accomplishments included traveling the lecture circuit and writing scripts for 1950's television shows such as Our Miss Brooks.  She was a frequent contributor to the New Yorker Magazine.

Emily Kimbrough's 1897 childhood home was restored in 1982 and the Historic District of Muncie, containing numerous Victorian houses is named in her honor.

White Cedar Inn, Freeport ME

Maine was and still is home to quite a number of well-loved and well-known authors. This is a very abridged list! Linked listings have sites you can visit- the author’s home and/or a museum. Many author’s homes are privately owned and are not on a tour. Instead, take time to visit the places those authors wrote about or the towns in which they still live! ‘Maine’ is essentially a prominent character in any book written by a Maine author or about the state. 
Statue of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in Portland, Mainephoto © 2007 Mike Durkin | more info (via: Wylio)

•         Henry Wadsworth Longfellow- Portland, Maine (Paul Revere’s Ride; Evangeline)
•         Harriet Beecher Stowe- Brunswick, Maine (Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Pearl of Orr’s Island)
•         Sarah Orne Jewett- South Berwick, Maine (Country of the Pointed Firs)
•         Stephen & Tabitha King- Bangor, Maine (The Stand; The Tommyknockers)
•         Elizabeth Strout- Portland, Maine (Olive Kittredge)
•         Dahlov Ipcar- Georgetown, Maine (The Calico Jungle; The Little Fishermen)
•         Barbara Cooney- Damariscotta, Maine (Miss Rumphius)
•         Edna St Vincent Millay- Rockland/Camden, Maine (Renascence)
•         E.B. White- Brooklin, Maine (Charlotte’s Web)
•         Robert McCloskey- Deer Isle, Maine (Blueberries for Sal; Make Way for Ducklings)
•         Tess Gerritsen- Isleboro, Maine (The Mephisto Club; The Apprentice)
•         Margaret Wise Brown- Vinalhaven, Maine (The Runaway Bunny; Goodnight Moon)
•         Richard Russo-Camden, Maine (Empire Falls)
•         Linda Greenlaw- Isle au Haut (Lobster Chronicles)

For a map of locations where the authors wrote or live(d), check out our blog.

New Orleans - French Quarter: Tennessee Williams HouseWoodridge Bed and Breakfast, Slidell, LA (New Orleans Northshore)

  • Truman Capote - American novelist, short story writer and playwright, Truman Streckfus Persons was born in New Orleans  - “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, “In Cold Blood” Hotel Monteleone, French Qtr New Orleans
  • Anne Rice –  New Orleans born and raised , “Interview with the Vampire” and the Vampire Chronicles series are part of the list of novels. 1239 First Street
  • Tennessee Williams – Playright, lived in the French qtr of New Orleans 19th-century townhouse, at 1014 Dumaine Street, from 1962 until his death in 1983. “The Glass Menagerie”, “A Streetcar Named Desire” 

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