If you could be transported to the location of your favorite novel, where would you go? What would you love to see in person, not just in your mind’s eye?
In Writing America: Literary Landmarks From Walden Pond to Wounded Knee, author Shelley Fisher Fishkin looks at just that — literary landmarks and how the places authors wrote about shaped their writing.
Inside Higher Ed recently interviewed Fishkin. In her initial research, she was “struck by the absence of sites on the National Register of Historic Places with a direct connection to many authors and works that I especially valued and I found that even sites that were linked to literature often failed to make the importance of that connection come truly alive. Might paying more attention to these relationships — and finding connections that hadn’t been made before — help us appreciate and value both the literature and the landscape more fully? I wrote the book to find out.”
From Mark Twain’s home in Hartford, Connecticut to the woods around Walden Pond, Fishkin hopes “readers of the book to leave with an appreciation of the special ways that literature can bring a place to life and etch it into memory.”
Learn more about some of your favorite literary landmarks from The Literary Landmark Association.