Best new literary locations

From spending the night in an icon's home to rare first editions on display, there's a slew of new literary locations for bookworms

By Connor McGovern
Published 10 Apr 2018, 16:00 BST, Updated 14 Jul 2021, 12:17 BST
The Fitzgerald Museum

Byron in Greece, Hemingway in Spain, Gauguin in Tahiti — it seems some of the greatest creative minds had wanderlust, too. As did literary legend F Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, who spent much of the Jazz Age jetting around the world. But where many of their former abodes have remained private homes, one of their 'stops' bucked the trend. In a leafy suburb of Montgomery, Alabama, 919 Felder Avenue became The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, the world's only museum dedicated to the couple. Packed with personal paraphernalia, their former (and final) home recounts their lives and legacy. From June this year, you'll be able to bed down in the very house where Fitzgerald wrote parts of Tender is the Night. Check in — you might check out inspired. Want some more? Here's five more new literary locations for you to swot up on:

The ever-vibrant Irish capital is adding another string to its cultural bow in 2019. The Museum of Literature Ireland will showcase a diverse range of exhibitions and artefacts that pay homage to the country's illustrious library of literary works. 

Key West
Head south for the newly opened Tennessee Williams Museum — the writer lived here for almost 40 years. The museum houses the world's largest collection of Williams-related memorabilia, from photos to original scripts. 

Weave your way around the City of Dreaming Spires on a Lyra-themed tour, based on Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. You'll admire timeless, honey-hued colleges and the Botanic Garden. 

New York City
Get a different perspective on the Big Apple with an online audio walking tour of the city, courtesy of HarperCollins. You'll drop by otherwise inconspicuous haunts of some of America's greatest wordsmiths, including Harper Lee and Mark Twain. 

2018 marks 200 years since the birth of Emily Brontë, and there's no better time to make a trip to Haworth on the Yorkshire Moors. At their former home, the Brontë Parsonage Museum, fans can check out the Making Thunder Roar exhibition which explores the writer's little-known life. 

Des res?
221B Baker Street's not a bad address to have, but the secretaries of a building society (that occupied the plot for 70 years) who answered all the letters to Sherlock Holmes might have said otherwise.

Published in the May 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)


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