A recent article in the Montgomery Advertiser describes fans visiting Monroeville, AL, in honor of To Kill a Mockingbird--and it's got me wondering: What are your favorite literary destinations?
Off the top of my head, I can think of several. There's always Oxford, MS, with Faulkner's Rowan Oak. Eudora Welty's home is a few hours away in Jackson. Near Nashville, you can visit Carnton Plantation, the setting of Robert Hicks' The Widow of the South. Concord, MA, is home to Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, the Mark Twain House is a couple hours away in Hartford, CT, and Edith Wharton's fantastic estate is in Lenox, MA.
Staying in NYC after BEA? The New York Times has a created an interactive map filled with Manhattan literary destinations. Or, an online search for "literary pilgrimage" provides plenty of options.
I'll be in San Francisco over Memorial Day weekend, and my trip itinerary includes its own sort of literary pilgrimage--to the famous City Lights Bookstore, founded by Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1953.
Got any good literary destinations? Share your ideas in the comments.