Famous Authors’ Homes That Are A Must See For Literary Fans

Book lovers, take note: if you’re looking for a unique holiday, you may want to plan a trip to see one of your favorite author’s homes. Love The Old Man and the Sea? Take a trip to Havana, Cuba. Did you enjoy Oliver Twist? Put London on your itinerary. There are several places in the United States and overseas in which you can see where some of history’s classic writers spent their days writing and producing some of their most famous (and award-winning) works.

Margaret Mitchell Wrote Gone With The Wind In This Atlanta Home


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The Margaret Mitchell House is located at at 979 Crescent Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia. The author wrote her Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, Gone With The Wind, while residing there. Mitchell and her husband lived in Apt. 1 on the ground floor between 1925 and 1932.

The Tudor Revival is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the City of Atlanta deemed it a historic building. The landmark features a museum, a portion of which focuses on the making of the film based on the novel. The movie, when adjusted for inflation, remains the most successful film in box-office history.

Ernest Hemingway Wrote His Pulitzer Prize & Nobel Prize-Winning Book In His Cuban Home


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Ernest Hemingway’s home in Cuba is located about 10 miles from Havana in the town of San Fransisco de Paula. It’s known as the Finca Vigia, or the “lookout house.” The photo above shows the hunting trophies displayed in his living room. The house was built by Spanish architect Pasqual y Baguer in 1886.

Hemingway purchased the property in 1940 for $12,500. He wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls there as well as The Old Man and the Sea, for which he received a Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize in Literature. The Cuban government took over the property following Hemingway’s death in 1961. It is currently a museum.

Dozens Of Six-Toed Cats Roam Ernest Hemingway’s Florida Keys Property


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Ernest Hemingway also spent time at his home on 907 Whitehead Street in Old Town Key West. The Spanish Colonial style home was built in 1851. Hemingway and his wife Pauline renovated the house, which is now a National Historical Landmark visited by thousands of tourists each year.

One of the unique features is the pool, which cost $20,000 to build in the 1930s. It was the town’s first in-ground pool and the only one within 100 miles. The place is renowned for its population of six-toed cats, which are the descendants of a cat given to the author by a sea captain.

The Charles Dickens Museum Is The Author’s Only London Home Still Standing


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Charles Dickens lived at 8 Doughty Street in Holborn, London, from 1837 to 1839. The Georgian terraced house is now a museum. He wrote several books at this house, including Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby. The home was set for demolition in 1923 but was saved by the Dickens Fellowship.

The museum features the only known item of clothing worn by the author. It’s a court suit and sword he wore when meeting the Prince of Wales in 1870. Dickens moved on to bigger homes after his family expanded (he had 10 children) and he accumulated more wealth. This museum is the only remaining Dickens home in London.

Mark Twain Sold His Connecticut Home Following A Family Death


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The Mark Twain House is located in Hartford, Connecticut. The American author lived there with his family from 1874 until 1891. Twain wrote several books at this Victorian Gothic home, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), The Prince and the Pauper (1881), and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884).

Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, and his wife and daughter Clara moved to Europe in 1891. His daughters Susy and Jean remained behind, the former of which died at the home in Hartford from spinal meningitis in 1896. This tragedy prevented the Clemens family from moving back into their American home, which they sold in 1903.

Jack London Died At His California Cottage, Which Is Now A National Historic Landmark


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Jack London, author of The Call of the Wild and White Fang, bought a cottage in 1911 in what is now known as the Jack London State Historic Park. It’s located near Glen Ellen, California. He wrote several of his stories and novels on the property, which also housed many of his visitors.

The park also features the ruins of a house that burned down before London and his family moved there, another home they had built, and the author and his wife’s graves. The property has been deemed a National Historic Landmark. London died on the sun porch of the cottage on Nov. 22, 1916.

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Old Manse Home Has Several Significant Literary Associations


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Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter, moved into the Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1842. The home was originally built in 1770 for Rev. William Emerson, writer Ralph Waldo Emerson’s grandfather. Newlywed Hawthorne moved there for three years with his bride and paid just $100 a year in rent.

Henry David Thoreau grew a vegetable garden on the property before the Hawthornes moved in. Hawthorne once described the house in his notes: “Between two tall gateposts of roughhewn stone… we behold the gray front of the old parsonage, terminating the vista of an avenue of black ash trees.”

Hawthorne Felt More At Home At The Wayside

Hawthorne Felt More At Home At The Wayside

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Hawthorne lived in a colonial-style home dubbed The Wayside, which he purchased in 1852 from Louisa May Alcott and her family. Hawthorne wrote in a letter to his friend Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “I am beginning to take root here, and feel myself, for the first time in my life, really at home.”

The following year, Hawthorne and his family moved to Europe and leased the Concord home to family members for several years. Upon his return, Hawthorne turned the top room into his study, nicknamed “sky parlor,” to do his writing. He died in 1864, an his wife sold The Wayside in 1870.

Virginia Woolf’s Monk’s House Was A Gathering Place For Other Artists & Intellectuals


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Virginia Woolf wrote Jacob’s Room, Mrs. Dalloway, To The Lighthouse and other novels at Monk’s House in East Sussex, England. She lived there with her husband Leonard Woolf from 1919 until she took her own life in 1941. It was also a gathering spot for the Bloomsbury Group, a club of English writers, intellectuals, and artists such as as T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster, and Lytton Strachey.

The National Trust turned the home into a writer’s house museum. It is open to the public and features Virginia’s writing lodge located near the garden with views overlooking Mount Caburn.

John Muir’s Victorian Residence In The San Francisco Bay Is Free To Visitors


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John Muir, also known as the “Father of the National Parks,” was a naturalist and author who was instrumental in preserving wilderness spots in America. The John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area features the Victorian residence and fruit ranch where the naturalist lived from 1890 to his death in 1914.

The site is free and is open year round. Muir’s work towards creating a National Park Service took place while he lived in Martinez. Park visitors are able to see his “scribble-den” where he wrote conservation articles and books. Visitors can also tour the orchards and visit the nature trail.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Wrote His First Novel In This Minnesota Brownstone


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The F. Scott Fitzgerald House, aka the Summit Terrace, is located on 599 Summit Avenue in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It’s where the author wrote his first book, This Side of Paradise, in 1920. Fitzgerald moved there in 1919 after completing his military service. The New York-style row house is now a National Historic Landmark.

The writer’s parents moved into the brownstone in 1914 when Fitzgerald was at Princeton University. The author lived there until 1920, where he also wrote a series of short stories. It’s closely connected to his literary fame. He reportedly didn’t like the street, calling it “a mausoleum of American architectural monstrosities.”

Leo Tolstoy Wrote War & Peace And Anna Karenina At This Russian Home


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Russian writer Leo Tolstoy was born and died at Yasnaya Polyana (translated to “Bright Glade”) in Tula, Russia. He lived there when he wrote his novels War and Peace (1867) and Anna Karenina (1877). His residence is currently used as a writer’s house museum and is about 120 miles from Moscow.

Tolstoy referred to the spot as his “inaccessible literary stronghold.” It was turned into a museum in 1921 and was initially managed by his daughter. His great-great grandson is currently the director. The museum features Tolstoy’s library of books and personal effects. The estate also features a park with his grave.

Leo Tolstoy’s Moscow Home Was A Winter Retreat


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In 1882, Tolstoy was pressured by his wife to leave Yasnaya Polyana and find a house in Moscow. They spent their winters at the wooden home in the center of the capital until 1901. He spent his days rising early, chopping wood, and getting water from the well. The house was eventually turned into the Tolstoy House Museum.

The museum features two pairs of boots that the author made as well as some dumbbells and a bicycle. He also entertained many visitors at his home, including pianist, composer, and conductor Sergei Rachmaninov; painter Ilya Repin; artist N.N. Ge and writer Maxim Gorky.

Literary Fans Can Rent A Room In William Faulkner’s New Orleans Home


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In 1924, before writing The Sound and the Fury or As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner worked on his first book in New Orleans, Louisiana. He roomed up with artist William Spratling in a yellow four-story house on Pirate Alley. The William Faulkner House is one of the city’s most famous literary structures.

Faulkner House was restored by a couple who lives above the first floor of a bookstore. The fourth floor was turned into a guest room in which numerous well-known writers have laid their heads. Actors including Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, Patricia Arquette, Sharon Stone, Jeremy Irons, and Cicely Tyson have also visited the house.

Faulkner’s Rowan Oak Home Features A Beautiful Array Of Trees


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William Faulkner’s home in Oxford, Mississippi, is known as Rowan Oak. The author moved there in the 1930s. It famously features the outline of the writer’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel A Fable on the plaster wall of his study.

Many of the trees on the property date to the antebellum era. The driveway is lined by cedar trees. After Faulkner died in 1962, the home was declared a National Historic Landmark. His daughter sold it to the University of Mississippi in 1972. It is open for tours and has been visited by luminaries such as John Updike, Alice Walker, and Salman Rushdie.

Robert Frost’s Childhood Home Inspired Some Of His Poetry


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Pulitzer-prize winning poet Robert Frost was born in San Francisco, California, but his family moved to a farm in Derry, New Hampshire in 1900. Frost lived there until 1911 and was greatly influenced by the house. He once wrote of his childhood home: “There was something about the experience at Derry which stayed in my mind, and was tapped for poetry in the years that came after.”

Frost’s home in Derry is now a museum and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is not to be confused with The Robert Frost House on Brewster Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Nobel Prize Winner Pearl S. Buck Lived In This Pennsylvania Farmhouse For 40 Years


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American author Pearl S. Buck, who was awarded both a Pulitzer Prize, and a Nobel Prize, lived at Green Hills Farm in Dublin, Pennsylvania for 40 years. She moved there after writing the best-selling book The Good Earth. The 60-acre homestead is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public.

Buck purchased the home in 1933 and lived there until she relocated to Vermont in the 1960s. She produced many works on this farm including This Proud Heart (1938), The Patriot (1939), Today and Forever (1941), and The Child Who Never Grew (1950). Buck was the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Edith Wharton Designed Her Lenox Estate, Which Is Currently Available For Weddings

Edith Wharton Designed Her Lenox Estate, Which Is Currently Available For Weddings

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Novelist Edith Wharton was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Her books include The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth. She designed and built The Mount in Lenox, Massachusetts, in 1902. It’s a National Historic Landmark and tourist attraction, and even weddings are held there.

The Mount rests on 113 acres. The main house is surrounded by formal gardens and a sculpted landscape. Wharton and her husband sold the property in 1911. It was owned by private families until it was turned into a girl’s school in 1942. The Edith Wharton Restoration currently owns the estate.

See Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe’s Writing Desk At His Home In Frankfurt, Germany

See Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe’s Writing Desk At His Home In Frankfurt, Germany

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German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in this very large house in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1749. He lived there until he turned 16 and moved to Leipzig where he studied law. He is most known for his epic drama Faust and was a literary celebrity at the young age of 25.

The house is now a museum, which opened in 1956. It features 800 original artifacts from Goethe’s life and work, including his writing desk. The museum also has first-edition copies of his works as well as letters, portraits, and other mementos. The permanent exhibit is displayed on several floors.

You Can Stay In The Scottish Cottage Where George Orwell Wrote Ninety Eighty-Four


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English essayist and novelist George Orwell is known for novels such as Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four. He wrote the latter while living at Barnhill, located on the island of Jura in Scotland. Orwell lived there on and off from 1946 until his death in 1950.

Those wishing to visit Barnhill can also stay there for around £1,000 a week. The owners describe it as: “This isolated farmhouse, still under the ownership of the Fletcher family, is where the celebrated author came to escape the attentions of the London literati and find the peace and quiet he needed to write Nineteen Eighty Four.”