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Title:
Booked : a traveler's guide to literary locations around the world
ISBN:
9780316420877
Edition:
First edition.
Physical Description:
xiii,226 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Summary:
A practical, armchair travel guide that explores eighty of the most iconic literary locations from all over the globe that you can actually visit. A must-have for every fan of literature, Booked inspires readers to follow in their favorite characters footsteps by visiting the real-life locations portrayed in beloved novels including the Monroeville, Alabama courthouse in To Kill a Mockingbird, Chatsworth House, the inspiration for Pemberley in Pride and Prejudice, and the Kyoto Bridge from Memoirs of a Geisha. The full-color photographs throughout reveal the settings readers have imagined again and again in their favorite books. Organized by regions all around the world, author Richard Kreitner explains the importance of each literary landmark including the connection to the author and novel, cultural significance, historical information, and little-known facts about the location. He also includes travel advice like addresses and must-see spots. Booked features special sections on cities that inspired countless literary works like a round of locations in Brooklyn from Betty Smith's iconic A Tree Grows in Brooklyn to Jonathan Lethem's Motherless Brooklyn and a look at the New Orleans of Tennessee Williams and Anne Rice. Locations include: Central Park, NYC (The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger) Forks, Washington (Twilight, Stephanie Meyer) Prince Edward Island, Canada (Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery) Kingston Penitentiary, Ontario (Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood) Holcomb, Kansas (In Cold Blood, Truman Capote) London, England (White Teeth, Zadie Smith) Paris, France (Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo) Segovia, Spain, (For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway) Kyoto, Japan (Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden)
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A practical, armchair travel guide that explores eighty of the most iconic literary locations from all over the globe that you can actually visit.
A must-have for every fan of literature, Booked inspires readers to follow in their favorite characters footsteps by visiting the real-life locations portrayed in beloved novels including the Monroeville, Alabama courthouse in To Kill a Mockingbird , Chatsworth House, the inspiration for Pemberley in Pride and Prejudice , and the Kyoto Bridge from Memoirs of a Geisha . The full-color photographs throughout reveal the settings readers have imagined again and again in their favorite books.
Organized by regions all around the world, author Richard Kreitner explains the importance of each literary landmark including the connection to the author and novel, cultural significance, historical information, and little-known facts about the location. He also includes travel advice like addresses and must-see spots.
Booked features special sections on cities that inspired countless literary works like a round of locations in Brooklyn from Betty Smith's iconic A Tree Grows in Brooklyn to Jonathan Lethem's Motherless Brooklyn and a look at the New Orleans of Tennessee Williams and Anne Rice.
Locations include: Central Park, NYC ( The Catcher in the Ry e, JD Salinger) Forks, Washington ( Twilight , Stephanie Meyer) Prince Edward Island, Canada ( Anne of Green Gables , Lucy Maud Montgomery) Kingston Penitentiary, Ontario ( Alias Grace , Margaret Atwood) Holcomb, Kansas ( In Cold Blood , Truman Capote) London, England ( White Teeth , Zadie Smith) Paris, France ( Hunchback of Notre Dame , Victor Hugo) Segovia, Spain, ( For Whom the Bell Tolls , Ernest Hemingway) Kyoto, Japan ( Memoirs of a Geisha , Arthur Golden)



Author Notes

Richard Kreitner is a contributing writer at The Nation magazine. His work on politics, history, and literature has also appeared in Slate, The Baffler , and The Boston Globe . A lover of books and travel, he is the author of "The Obsessively-Detailed Map of American Literature's Most Epic Road Trip," featured in Atlas Obscura in 2015. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Table of Contents

Stephen KingRobert McCloskeyHenry David ThoreauHerman Melville and Narrative of the life of Frederick DouglassJ. D. SalingerWalt Whitman and Betty Smith and Truman Capote and Marianne Moore and Thomas Wolfe and Alfred Kazin and Paule Marshall and Hubert Selby Jr. and Jonathan LethemMarguerite HenryMargaret MitchellJohn BerendtHarper LeeTennessee Williams and John Kennedy Toole and Anne RiceTruman CapoteToni MorrisonSinclair LewisJon KrakauerStephenie MeyerJack KerouacJohn Steinbeck and Robinson Jeffers and Henry Millet and Raymond ChandlerL. M. MontgomeryMargaret AtwoodMalcolm LowryJane AustenEmily BrontëWilliam WordsworthGeoffrey Chaucer and Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf and George Orwell and J.K Rowling and Zadie Smith and Poets' CornerJ.M. BarrieJames JoyceMarcel ProustMiguel de CervantesGeorge SandErnest HemingwayE. M. ForsterStieg LarssonThomas MannLeo TolstoyMikhail BulgakovFyodor DostoevskyOrhan PamukArundhati RoyViet Thanh NguyenArthur GoldenMatsuo BashoWiti IhimaeraDoris LessingNaguib MahfouzPaul BowlesAlexander McCall Smith
Introductionp. ix
The Americas
United States: Northeast
Odd Occurrences at the Standpipe in Derry Itp. 1
Sweet Hours in Amherst: The Poetry of Emily Dickinsonp. 3
The Mallard Family Finds a Home: Make Way for Ducklingsp. 4
Life in the Woods Outside Concord: Waldenp. 7
Finding Freedom in 1840s New Bedford: Moby-Dickp. 10
Mystical Sunsets Over Providence: The Fiction of H. P. Lovecraftp. 14
Holden Caulfleld's Central Park: The Catcher in the Ryep. 18
An Aching Affection for Newark: The Novels of Philip Rothp. 20
Literary Brooklynp. 25
United States: South
Virginia's Swimming Pony: Misty of Chivcoteaguep. 40
Scarlett O'Hara's Georgia Haunts: Gone with the Windp. 42
A Mysterious Murder in Savannah's Old Town: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evilp. 46
The Unsettled Past and Uncertain Future of Atticus Finch's Hometown: To Kill a Mockingbirdp. 48
In Small-Town Arkansas, The Smell of Fear and Guilt: The Memoirs of Maya Angeloup. 52
A Spiritual Home in New Orleansp. 56
Other Notable: Literary Peacesp. 62
United States: Central
Home to Red Cloud: The Fiction of Willa Catberp. 64
The Clutter House in Holcomb, Kansas: In Cold Bloodp. 67
What was Ideal, What Was Base: The Bluest Eyep. 69
The Tortured Relationship of a Minnesota Town and Its Native Son: Main Streetp. 70
United States: West
A Magic Bus in the Alaskan Woods: Into the Wildp. 74
The Vampiric Pleasures of Forks, Washington The Twilight Trilogyp. 77
Nirvana at Desolation Peak: The Dharma Bumsp. 80
A Literary Road Trip Down the California Coast: The Beats, the Hippiesp. 86
Canada
A Haunt of Ancient Peace: Anne of Green Gablesp. 98
The Haunting of Kingston Penitentiary: Alias Gracep. 101
Toiling in Ontario's Literary Garden: The Fiction of Alice Munrop. 104
Mexico and South America
A Forest of Symbols in the Mexican Desert: Under the Volcanop. 108
A Cafe Is a State of Mind: The Novels of Roberto Bolanop. 110
A Street of Strivers in Port of Spain: The Novels of V. S. Naipaulp. 113
Europe
Elizabeth Bennet, Mistress of Pemberley: Pride and Prejudicep. 117
A Mile-Long Trail for the Queen of Crime: The Novels of Agatha Christiep. 120
The View from the Heath: Wuthering Heightsp. 122
Tranquility Along the Riser Wye: "Lines Composed...a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey,"p. 125
London Through the Agesp. 131
Scotland's Enchanted Neverland: Peter Panp. 142
"When I Die Dublin Will Be Written in My Heart": Ulyssesp. 144
Trespasses Sweetly Urged- Places from the Plays: The Tragedies of William Shakespearep. 149
The Combray Way: In Search of Lost Timep. 156
The Breath of Paris: From the Towers to the Sewers: The Novels of Victor Hugop. 158
On the Knight-Errant's Trail in La Mancha: Don Quixotep. 162
Music and Madness in a Mediterranean Monastery: A Winter in Majorcap. 164
In Search of the True Segovia Bridge: For Whom the Bell Tollsp. 169
Love and Loss in Florence: A Room with a Viewp. 172
The Neighborhood That Put Stockholm on the Map: The Millennium Trilogyp. 174
A Steep, Steady Climb to Revelation: The Magic Mountainp. 178
An Awakening at Austerlitz: War and Peacep. 182
An Evil Apartment in Moscow: The Master and Margaritap. 185
A Murder in St. Petersburg: Crime and Punishmentp. 188
Asia and Oceania
Desire and Obsession in Istanbul: The Museum of Innocencep. 193
A Wild Garden in Kerala, India: The God of Small Thingsp. 195
Last-Minute Escape at the Saigon Airport: The Sympathizerp. 198
A Life-Changing Encounter on a Kyoto Bridge: Memoirs of a Geishap. 200
Leaving Thoughts of the World Behind The Narrow Road to the Northp. 203
In Tokyo, a Portal to Another World: The Novels of Haruki Murakamip. 204
A Maori Legend from the New Zealand Coast: The Whale Riderp. 207
Africa
A Revelation at the Harare Sports Club: Martha Questp. 211
The Dickens of the Souk: The Cairo Trilogyp. 213
Tangier, the Dream City: The Sheltering Skyp. 216
Mma Ramotswe's Gaborone: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agencyp. 219
Photo Creditsp. 222
Indexp. 223