5 Literary Landmarks Around World

For 10 years the pipe-smoking, bull-running writer who penned such classics as For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Sun Also Rises lived in a quaint, colonial house on Key West. Hemingway purchased the house in 1931 while on a trip to Key West, and moved there later that year with his wife and two sons. Today, you can visit the breezy, sun-filled home and its adjacent garden while taking a guided tour on your literary road trip; the staff is happy to tell you more about Ernest Hemingway than you ever wanted to know!

J.R.R. Tolkien Collection at Marquette University Libraries—Marquette, MI

Fans of The Hobbit or the Lord of the Rings trilogy will love this one. The Raynor Memorial Libraries at Marquette University holds several documents from the celebrated Tolkien, including original manuscripts and drafts of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, complete with maps and artwork associated with the first printing of The Hobbit. Visitors to these library holdings will come away with new knowledge and appreciation of the feats of one of fiction’s favourite writers.

Mark Twain House & Museum—Hartford, CT

No American writer has been more celebrated than Samuel Clemens, better know by his pen name, Mark Twain. Despite his celebrity status worldwide, Clemens kept a quiet family life in his large Hartford home, where he wrote many of his greatest books, including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Visitors can walk through the study where Clemens did his writing, learn more about the man and his life, and watch a mini-documentary by Ken Burns at the museum.

Folger Shakespeare Library—Washington, D.C.

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., houses 82 copies of the Shakespeare First Folio, the text that scholars agree is the most reliable source material for Shakespeare’s plays. Besides this, the Folger’s collections hold examples of early printed books from the 10th to the 17th centuries, illuminated manuscripts, as well as playbills, promptbooks, and other paper performance ephemera. Those interested in the history of early English literature and art will greatly enjoy a trip through the Folger Library.

Carousel Bar & Lounge at Hotel Monteleone—New Orleans, LA

The Hotel Monteleone has seen countless literary giants walk through its doors, most notably Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and William Faulkner. The whimsical spinning carousel bar has appeared in many films and works of fiction, including Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending, Eudora Welty’s A Curtain of Green, and Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers. These and many other writers spent time drinking and dancing to live bands at Hotel Monteleone—wouldn’t you like to do the same?

Edgar Allan Poe House—Baltimore, MD

Edgar Allen Poe’s stories and poems have delighted and terrified readers for generations. The author of The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, and many other works of horror, Poe died of mysterious causes at age 40 in a small brick house in Baltimore, right at the height of his career. The house is open for visitors Thursday to Sunday each week, with rotating exhibits and guided tours available.

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