Where They Wrote: The Homes Of 20 Beloved Authors

See the houses that provided solace (and undoubtedly, inspiration) for some of history's greatest literary talents.


From Edgar Allan Poe's charming cottage to the opulent manse where F. Scott Fitzgerald first drafted "The Great Gatsby," take a look at the places that inspired some of the best books of our time.

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The recently deceased author of the American classic and its sequel "Go Set A Watchman," split between New York City and her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. While living in Monroeville, she shared this modest brick home with her sister Alice.

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Edgar Allan Poe may be best known for his macabre poems and stories, but his home in the Bronx, New York was anything but dark. It was in this classic, charming cottage that the author penned some of his most famous works, including according to the .

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F. Scott Fitzgerald , and started work on his beloved novel while there.

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Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life in this cottage in the village of Chawton in Hampshire, England. The home is now a .

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J.M. Barrie wrote the beloved children's book while living in this whimsical seven-bedroom London mansion.

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The home in Amherst, Massachusetts where poet Emily Dickinson lived, and the home next door, where her brother and his wife lived, now comprise .

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The great novelist and journalist called this Florida estate home for . It is now the site of .

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Jack Kerouac took some time off from his travels to in 1957. The bungalow is now home to , which provides residencies for four different young writers a year.

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Monk's House in Sussex, England and her husband Leonard from 1919 until 1969. The cottage, and its gardens are now open to the public.

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It was in this that George Orwell set to work on his famous dystopian novel, "1984."

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Mark Twain

Mark Twain is famously from Mississippi – but the author famously wrote that he lived his of his life in Hartford, Connecticut. Twain wrote and in this 11,500 square foot home before a serious of bad investments forced him to set out on a worldwide lecture tour to earn money.

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William Faulkner

William Faulkner called home for more than 40 years, according to the property's website. The author penned his Pulitzer Prize -winning here. The Greek revival house, located on the Ole Miss campus, is now open to the public for tours.

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Washington Irving

According to the 's website, Washington Irving designed his estate, Sunnyside, to reflect his romantic view of art. "It is a beautiful spot, capable of being made a little paradise," he wrote. Irving there penned several essays and short stories.

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Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton wrote and while living at this . The historic home and its gardens are now open to the public.

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Robert Frost

Built around 1769, this South Shaftesbury, Vermont home was considered home before Robert Frost moved in, according to the . The poet composed his first Pulitzer Prize winning piece, "Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening," at his dining room table here in 1922.

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Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott's father bought the land for the for $945 in 1857. The author wrote – which is set at a fictional version of the home – at a desk her father made especially for her in 1868.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Transcendental philosopher wrote and in this Concord, Massachusetts home. A trail through the back of the property led to Walden Woods – one of Emerson's favorite places to talk long walks, according to the .

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Anne Frank

Anne Frank hid alongside seven others in a "Secret Annex" hidden behind a bookcase of an for two years. Frank was between the ages of 13 and 15 years old while she wrote in her diary, which originally published in 1947.

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Eugene O'Neill

Drawn to the privacy of the San Ramon Valley, Eugene O'Neill spent his final years with his wife, Carlotta, in this , where he wrote and The home is now open for self-guided tours.

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Herman Melville

After completing a three-year whaling voyage, Herman Melville moved his family to this in 1850, where he wrote

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