Literary North America

Destinations

Mark Twain Birthplace Cabin, Florida MO
North America
Jo Cahill

Mark Twain Birthplace Historic Site, Florida MO, USA

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was born in a two-room house in Florida, Missouri, in November 1835. The location where the house stood is marked with a stone memorial to the author, who lived in the town for the first four years of his life.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum, Mansfield MO
North America
Jo Cahill

Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum, Mansfield MO, USA

Laura Ingalls Wilder is most famous for the itinerant lifestyle her family led when she was a child, crossing the woods and prairies of America’s Midwest (and, of course, for her accounts of this time, immortalised in the Little House on the Prairie series of children’s books). As such, there are numerous museums dedicated to her travels scattered across the states where her family spent time. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum, in Mansfield, MO, is significant, however, in that it was not part of the Ingalls family journey, but the place where Laura and her husband, Almanzo, bought land, built a home, and lived out their adult lives.

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Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home, Savannah GA
North America
Jo Cahill

Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, Savannah GA, USA

Southern essayist and short story writer, (Mary) Flannery O’Connor was born in Savannah, GA, in 1925. Her childhood home, where she lived with her parents, Edward O’Connor and Regina Cline O’Connor, until 1938, stands on the edge of Lafayette Square and has been opened to the public as a museum of her life.

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Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, Hannibal MO
North America
Jo Cahill

Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, Hannibal MO, USA

Born in Florida, MO, in 1835, Samuel Longhorne Clemens moved to Hannibal, MO at the age of four years, and lived there until he was 17 years old. During that time, he and his family immersed themselves in Hannibal life, with his father acting as the Justice of the Peace, and Sam and his older brother, Orion, contributing to the local newspapers.

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Conservatory Water, Central Park NY
North America
Jo Cahill

Conservatory Water, Central Park NY, USA

A Manhattan local at the time he wrote the children’s classic, Stuart Little, author E.B. White would have had many occasions to visit Central Park. During his visits, he would undoubtedly have seen children and their parents sailing model boats at Conservatory Water (also commonly known as the Model Boat Pond) and he then transplanted those scenes into his own writing.

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Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site, Philadelphia PA
North America
Jo Cahill

Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site, Philadelphia PA, USA

Edgar Allan Poe was something of a wanderer, having lived in Boston, the United Kingdom, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York at various times during his 40 years of life. He spent six years in Philadelphia (1838-1844) – reportedly the most productive of his life, publishing several works including Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Tell-tale Heart, and The Fall of the House of Usher – and even in that time lived in multiple houses. The National Historical Site at 532 N. 7th Street was the last house he rented in the city, before returning to New York, and the only property that still exists today.

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Book Reviews

Articles

Hans Christian Andersen House, Odense
Jo Cahill

Seven travel bloggers’ best literary travel stories

There are thousands of literary travel destinations all around the world. Visiting them can enhance your understanding of an author’s work – not to mention blow out your travel budget and to be read list on new books! – but not all of them are equally worth your time and hard-earned cash. So how do you know which places you should add to your bucket list, and which are best visited in your imagination? In this post, seven travel bloggers have taken the time to tell you about their experiences with some of the world’s best literary destinations.

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Mark Twain Birthplace Cabin, Florida MO
Jo Cahill

Mark Twain Birthplace Historic Site, Florida MO, USA

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was born in a two-room house in Florida, Missouri, in November 1835. The location where the house stood is marked with a stone memorial to the author, who lived in the town for the first four years of his life.

Read More »
Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum, Mansfield MO
Jo Cahill

Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum, Mansfield MO, USA

Laura Ingalls Wilder is most famous for the itinerant lifestyle her family led when she was a child, crossing the woods and prairies of America’s Midwest (and, of course, for her accounts of this time, immortalised in the Little House on the Prairie series of children’s books). As such, there are numerous museums dedicated to her travels scattered across the states where her family spent time. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum, in Mansfield, MO, is significant, however, in that it was not part of the Ingalls family journey, but the place where Laura and her husband, Almanzo, bought land, built a home, and lived out their adult lives.

Read More »
Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home, Savannah GA
Jo Cahill

Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, Savannah GA, USA

Southern essayist and short story writer, (Mary) Flannery O’Connor was born in Savannah, GA, in 1925. Her childhood home, where she lived with her parents, Edward O’Connor and Regina Cline O’Connor, until 1938, stands on the edge of Lafayette Square and has been opened to the public as a museum of her life.

Read More »
Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, Hannibal MO
Jo Cahill

Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, Hannibal MO, USA

Born in Florida, MO, in 1835, Samuel Longhorne Clemens moved to Hannibal, MO at the age of four years, and lived there until he was 17 years old. During that time, he and his family immersed themselves in Hannibal life, with his father acting as the Justice of the Peace, and Sam and his older brother, Orion, contributing to the local newspapers.

Read More »
Conservatory Water, Central Park NY
Jo Cahill

Conservatory Water, Central Park NY, USA

A Manhattan local at the time he wrote the children’s classic, Stuart Little, author E.B. White would have had many occasions to visit Central Park. During his visits, he would undoubtedly have seen children and their parents sailing model boats at Conservatory Water (also commonly known as the Model Boat Pond) and he then transplanted those scenes into his own writing.

Read More »