In case you haven't heard - I just got back from a 2-week tour of New England. What you might not know is that I secretly made it a literary tour. My family unwittingly visited the homes, graves and sites of famous American authors. Not sure they learned anything, but I enjoyed it. Travel with me...
Mark Twain House
Harriet Beecher Stowe House
I didn't know this, but Twain and Stowe were neighbors. According to the tour guide, Stowe wasn't altogether there and liked to just walk into the Twain house and clip roses to take to hers. Also, FYI, the Stowe museum is a Pokestop.
Edward Gorey House
Edward Gorey is one of my favorite writers and illustrators. His book, The Doubtful Guest, is one of my very favorites, AND he did the graphics for Mystery! on PBS.
Louisa May Alcott's Grave
Louisa May Alcott's House
Nathaniel Hawthorne's House
Nathaniel Hawthorne's Grave
Henry David Thoreau's Grave
Ralph Waldo Emerson's Grave
So not only are these two houses in Concord, but they have a whole section of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, called Author's Ridge. They even have signs directing you there. Which is pretty awesome.
Granary Burial Ground – Elizabeth Pain – model for Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter
Of all of Hawthorne's works - The Scarlet Letter is my favorite. I had no idea this woman was the inspiration for Prynne.
Old South Meeting House – Phyllis Wheatley
Birthplace of Benjamin Franklin
Old Corner Bookstore – Home to the publishers of America's earliest authors and founder of the royalty payment system.
Copps Hill Burial Ground – Cotton and Increase Mathers
NOT a fan of the Mathers - as they were partly responsible for the Salem Witch Trials. But they were writers...so...sigh...I guess I'll have to include them.
Nathaniel Hawthorne statue
House of Seven Gables
Probably my favorite place on the whole tour. My 6'4" son had trouble with the low ceilings and had to be shoe-horned into the secret passage. But still (or maybe because of that) a great tour.
Lake George, NY
Fort William Henry – Last of the Mohicans
And the one instance where the movie was better than the book...I don't begrudge James Fenimore Cooper's title as the first American novelist. It just wasn't that great a book. The movie, however, was perfect.