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Literary Pilgrimages, Summer 2021 Edition

By Ana Brazil
July 9, 2021

Although my mother-in-law was born in New York, she spent the last years of her life in New Hampshire. On our annual visits to Mom Brazil, my husband and I were delighted to include some side trips to historical sites like Boston’s Old State House and the USS Constitution, and the Hemmings Vehicle Display in Bennington, Vermont. Of course, since I was a writer and we were in New England, I insisted on seeing the houses where novelists Edith Wharton and Louisa May Alcott lived and wrote.

My literary pilgrimages to Wharton’s The Mount and Alcott’s Orchard House infused me with joy, wonderment, enthusiasm, and, to be honest, envy. After seeing where these women wrote, I wanted to step into their lives, hoping that living where they lived would enable me to write with as much perception and persistence as they did. And, to be honest, enjoy some of their success!

So here, for your Summer 2021 pleasure, are some Literary Pilgrimage suggestions. As always, please share any links to your favorite Literary Pilgrimages in the comments below.

Robindronath Tagore’s Jorasanko Thakurbari. By Kinjal bose 78 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=53924917

Where they were born:

 

Where they wrote:

Virginia Woolf’s Monk’s House bedroom. By John Cummings – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27000571
Hemingway House – By Andreas Lamecker – Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=955617

 

Where we hope they Rest In Peace:

PÈRE LACHAISE CEMETERY, PARIS

SLEEPY HOLLOW CEMETERY, CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS

WOODLAWN CEMETERY, BRONX, NEW YORK

 

Finis!

Ana Brazil
Written by Ana Brazil

Ana Brazil writes historical crime fiction celebrating bodacious American heroines. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, the Historical Novel Society, and a founding member of Paper Lantern Writers.
Ana’s latest historical mystery is THE RED-HOT BLUES CHANTEUSE, which features murder, mayhem, and music in 1919 San Francisco. Her award-winning historical mystery FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER is set in Gilded Age New Orleans.

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