10 Famous Literary Locations

10 Famous Literary Locations

You’ve read the books. Now visit the locations where they are set.

1. The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado

Stephen King renamed it The Overlook Hotel in his terrifying novel The Shining.

2. Tess’s cottage and church in Dorset, England

All of Thomas Hardy’s major novels including Tess of the d’Urbervilles take place in the south and southwest of England. He called it Wessex. Above is Tess’s cottage and church in Dorset.

3. Pamplona, Spain

Ernest Hemingway memorably describes the annual Festival of San Fermín in Pamplona, Spain in his novel The Sun Also Rises.

4. Glastonbury Tor in Somerset, England

The Arthurian legends as told by T. H. White in The Once and Future King and Marion Zimmer Bradley in The Mists of Avalon are located in and around Glastonbury Tor in Somserset, England.

5. Salem, Massachusetts

Arthur Miller documented the Salem witch trials of 1692 in his play The Crucible. The novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne was also born here. The setting of Hawthorne’s novel House of the Seven Gables is inspired by his cousin’s house located in Salem.

6. Cannery Row in Monterrey, California

Set during the Great Depression on a street lined with sardine canneries, Ocean View Avenue was later changed to “Cannery Row” after John Steinbeck’s novel.

7. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, New York

The story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving is set in the adjacent Old Dutch Burying Ground. The writer of the headless horseman is buried here.

8. Prince Edward Island, Canada

Anne of Green Gables country.

9. Mark Twain Cave in Hannibal, Missouri

This same cave plays an important role in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It is also located in the author’s hometown.

10. Rosecliff Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island

Rosecliff was used in the 1974 film adaptation of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.


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