A Travel Guide to Literary Landmarks from Jane Austen’s Bath to Ernest Hemingway’s Key West
EXPANDED & UPDATED EDITION COMING MAY 2017
Check into Hemingway’s favorite Sun Valley hotel. Stroll along the moody, windswept moors that inspired the Brontë sisters. Have a pint at the New York City tavern where O. Henry penned The Gift of the Magi.
Featuring more than 500 literary sites in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere, Novel Destinations invites readers to follow in the footsteps of much-loved scribes. The book begins with thematic chapters covering author houses and museums, places to drink and dine, festivals, and walking tours. Also included are 11 in-depth “Journeys between the Pages” that roam through Franz Kafka’s Prague, James Joyce’s Dublin, Louisa May Alcott’s New England, Harper Lee’s small-town South, and other locales. Filled with anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories, Novel Destinations is an entertaining, informative guide for wandering bibliophiles and armchair adventurers alike.
“A dream come true for reading enthusiasts who also travel.” —Denver Post
What will literary travelers discover in the new edition?
• An in-depth narrative chapter transports readers to the atmospheric Yorkshire Moors, terrain made famous in Wuthering Heights and other novels by Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë.
• Spirited, red-headed orphan Anne of Green Gables has charmed readers since she appeared in print in 1908. A brand-new section features the Green Gables Heritage Place and other Anne-related landmarks on Prince Edward Island.
• At Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas, Ernest Hemingway was once marooned for fifteen days with a band of fishing buddies that included legendary editor Maxwell Perkins. Visitors to Key West can have a Hemingway-style adventure by visiting the fort, which is reachable only by boat or seaplane.
• Romance is always in the air at the Inn BoonsBoro in Maryland, an upscale B&B owned by writer Nora Roberts, where each room is named for a fictional couple, including Jane and Rochester from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.
• It’s possible to see in action the same Hawaiian volcano, or “crimson cauldron,” that intrepid Mark Twain witnessed in 1866.
• Edna St. Vincent Millay’s blueberry farm-turned-sanctuary in New York State, Steepletop, is now open to the public. Tours include the house and grounds, which feature sunken gardens landscaped by the poet and a pool with an outdoor bar where she liked to entertain.
• Amateur gumshoes can channel their inner Philip Marlowe during a tour through Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles, exploring the city he portrayed in his hard-boiled detective tales. (Along the way, sample noir-themed gelato inspired by Chandler.)
• And other literary treks, tours, and more. Also included: a Select Index by Locale and color photos.
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