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Novel Destinations: Literary Landmarks from Jane Austen's Bath to Ernest Hemingway's Key West
     

Novel Destinations: Literary Landmarks from Jane Austen's Bath to Ernest Hemingway's Key West

by Shannon McKenna Schmidt, Joni Rendon, Matthew Pearl
 

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It’s often said that a good book takes us somewhere we’ve never been before, and here’s the proof: a book-lover’s Baedeker to more than 500 literary locales across the United States and Europe. Novel Destinations invites readers to follow in the footsteps of much-loved authors, discover the scenes that sparked their imaginations, glimpse

Overview

It’s often said that a good book takes us somewhere we’ve never been before, and here’s the proof: a book-lover’s Baedeker to more than 500 literary locales across the United States and Europe. Novel Destinations invites readers to follow in the footsteps of much-loved authors, discover the scenes that sparked their imaginations, glimpse the lives they led, and share a bit of the experiences they transformed so eloquently into print. If you’re looking to indulge in literary adventure, you’ll find all the inspiration and information you need here, along with behind-the-scenes stories such as these:

After Ernest Hemingway survived two near-fatal plane crashes during an African safari, he perused his obituaries and sipped champagne on a canal-side terrace in Venice.

Washington Irving's wisteria-draped cottage in the Hudson Valley was once occupied by members of the Van Tassel family, immortalized in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

A mysterious incident at a stone tower near Dublin made such a vivid impression on James Joyce that he drew on it for the opening scene of Ulysses.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle consulted on the mystery of Agatha Christie's 1926 disappearance before she resurfaced under an assumed name in northern England.

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables was inspired by a seaside manse in Salem, Massachusetts, infamous witch trials in which his ancestor played a role.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

This guidebook by two contributors to National Geographic Traveller is for the serious bookworm, covering U.S. and European literary locations and events. It's divided into two sections; first is "Travel by the Book," listing houses, museums, hotels, restaurants, and cafés that have either hosted literary lions or inspired them. This section also includes literary festivals, walking and other tours, and even a list of writer's gravesites. The arrangement can be a bit confusing, since some entries focus on a particular author, such as "Twain Slept Here (And You Can Too!)," while others are geographically themed, e.g., "Literary Houses on the Prairie." The second section, "Journeys Between the Pages," is more focused. Ten cities inextricably connected to ten writers, e.g., Kafka's Prague, Joyce's Dublin, and of course those in the subtitle, are covered in detail. One shortcoming of this guide is that the same famous authors appear frequently throughout the entire book, popping up in almost every chapter of the first section and in sidebars and references. An author index (not seen) should help readers find the sections with references to their favorites, assuming their favorites are Austen, Hemingway, Shakespeare, or Joyce, but fans of Willa Cather, John Milton, or Tennessee Williams, let alone many other notable writers, will find less here to pique their interest. Much of this information is available from other sources; having it gathered in one book will please devoted readers, whether travelers or not. Recommended for public libraries.
—Rita Simmons

From the Publisher
"Want to explore more than 500 literary landmarks without leaving your living room? Then pull up an armchair and pick up a copy of Novel Destinations. "—Tampa Tribune

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426203435
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
05/20/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
File size:
800 KB

Meet the Author

Shannon Mckenna Schmidt’s work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, New Jersey Monthly, Arrive, Pages, PW Daily, and other publications. She is a regular contributor to Shelf Awareness, as well as to Bookreporter.com. She held positions in marketing and promotion at several major publishing houses including Penguin, HarperCollins and, most recently, Simon & Schuster. She lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Joni Rendon’s work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Continental, Pages, BookPage, The Writer and on Literarytraveler.com. She is a contributing writer at Bookreporter.com and FocusNews for Expatriates. She spent ten years in marketing and editorial in the book publishing industry including The Random House Trade Group, Holtzbrinck/St. Martin’s Press, and Hyperion Books. She currently resides in London.

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