9 Literary Landmarks Every Book Lover Has to Visit This Summer

Want to take a truly bookish tour of the U.S.? From the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst to the Edgar Allen Poe home in Baltimore, these literary landmarks are definitely worth a visit.

Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum—Key West, FL

For 10 years the pipe-smoking, bull-running writer who penned such classics as For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea 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 favorite 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.


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