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.
What a wonderful coincidence – Louisa May Alcott was born on this day in 1832, the same day as Madeleine L’Engle, in 1918.
Alcott was a favorite author of mine before I even knew how to read; my mom read Little Women to me out loud. When I did learn to read on my own, L’Engle was the author who best held my attention. From A Wrinkle in Time, to A Ring of Endless Light, to her memoirs, I think I read (and re-read) about 20 of L’Engle’s books.
Trisha reviewed the biography Louisa May Alcott, by Harriet Reisen, earlier in the month. On comparisons between Alcott and her heroine Jo March, she wrote:
the real Louisa was just as intelligent, hot-tempered, rebellious and ambitious as her fictional counterpart. But the true story of Alcott’s life is both more tragic and more triumphant than anything she cooked up for her favorite little woman.
The book has been adapted by PBS for their American Masters series. (The film debuts Dec. 28.) After the jump, watch outtakes from PBS’s "Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women."
Revisiting childhood and teen favorites seems to be a trend right now. In Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading, Lizzie Skurnick writes about beloved YA novels. (Read an interview with Skurnick.) In Everything I need to Know I learned From a Children’s Book, Anita Silvey asks over 100 people to choose a book from childhood that changed their worldview.
Alcott and L’Engle certainly inspired my love of reading. What books or authors are your childhood favorites?