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Alcott, Twain, Kerouac – New England is a paradise for literature lovers

Following a trail through Massachusetts and Connecticut on a bibliophile’s perfect road trip

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Walden Pond, a short drive from Concord, inspired writer Henry David Thoreau

Walden Pond, a short drive from Concord, inspired writer Henry David Thoreau

The Mark Twain House and Museum

The Mark Twain House and Museum

Longfellow’s Wayside Inn has been hosting guests since 1716

Longfellow’s Wayside Inn has been hosting guests since 1716

Orchard House, setting for Louisa May Alcott's ‘Little Women’

Orchard House, setting for Louisa May Alcott's ‘Little Women’

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Walden Pond, a short drive from Concord, inspired writer Henry David Thoreau

As an avid reader, one of the best ways I’ve found of truly connecting with an author’s spirit is to visit their homeplace.

Spending time in a house or a town where a writer you love once actually lived is a vivid way to understand who they really were and why they wrote what they did. So the bookworm in me loves New England, a corner of the United States bursting with homes and landmarks associated with Great American Writers. The only question is, where to start?


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