Five delicious houses of famous writers
We love words. We love reading them and we love writing them. We love books, the shelves they are stacked upon as well as the libraries they are stored within. The smell, the heft and the beauty of all things booky and wordy. And then there the famous writers, their huts and their studies. We love to snoop and nose around them, don’t we?
All of these things and more are contained within this weeks subject matter. The very homes of the people that we have revered, respected and read throughout our lives. Ladies and gentleman, let’s get ogling five of the loveliest houses belonging to the writers and authors out there, living and dead.
#1 — Stephen King. Always a favorite, and a mecca for the lovers of the horror and thriller genre. I know I myself have taken a 300 mile detour in a hire car to sit outside these gates in Bangor, Maine.
#2 — Ernest Hemingway. To many, he is the Daddy of literature. This impressive pile is officially known as the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, and was the residence of author Hemingway in Key West, Florida, United States.
#3 — Jane Austin. Another literary heavyweight, the house is now a small private museum in the village of Chawton near Alton in Hampshire. The 18th-century house is where the novelist spent the last eight years of her life.
#4 — Leo Tolstoy. This impressive building (named Yasnaya Polyana) is another writer’s house museum. It is where Tolstoy was born, wrote War and Peace and Anna Karenina, and where he is buried near by.
#5 — William Faulkner. The American writer lived in Rowan Oak, also known as William Faulkner House in Oxford, Mississippi. One of its more famous features is the outline of Faulkner’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel A Fable, penciled in graphite and red on the plaster wall of his study.
Well, we hope you enjoyed your glimpses of the trappings of being a famous writer. If you want to share your words and read those of other writerly types, then you should get over to theprose.com or download the app for free. Join us and write without judgement or censorship.
Originally published at blog.theprose.com on April 30, 2016.