Novel Destinations: Literary Landmarks from Jane Austen's Bath to Ernest Hemingway's Key West

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National Geographic Books, 2008 - Travel - 357 pages
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It’s often said that a good book takes us somewhere we’ve never been before, and here’s the proof: a book-lover’s Baedeker to more than 500 literary locales across the United States and Europe. Novel Destinations invites readers to follow in the footsteps of much-loved authors, discover the scenes that sparked their imaginations, glimpse the lives they led, and share a bit of the experiences they transformed so eloquently into print. If you’re looking to indulge in literary adventure, you’ll find all the inspiration and information you need here, along with behind-the-scenes stories such as these:

After Ernest Hemingway survived two near-fatal plane crashes during an African safari, he perused his obituaries and sipped champagne on a canal-side terrace in Venice.

Washington Irving's wisteria-draped cottage in the Hudson Valley was once occupied by members of the Van Tassel family, immortalized in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

A mysterious incident at a stone tower near Dublin made such a vivid impression on James Joyce that he drew on it for the opening scene of Ulysses.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle consulted on the mystery of Agatha Christie's 1926 disappearance before she resurfaced under an assumed name in northern England.

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables was inspired by a seaside manse in Salem, Massachusetts, infamous witch trials in which his ancestor played a role.

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User Review  - ImperfectCJ - LibraryThing

I enjoyed sampling the entries from this book, but it wasn't particularly useful when I went to use it to plan some literary adventures. The layout stymied me when I approached the book from a ... Read full review

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User Review  - lindap69 - LibraryThing

Fun bedside book for those nights when I just want something short and light. It has short descriptions of the homes of famous authors as well as other places nearby. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Shannon McKenna Schmidt’s writing has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, New Jersey Monthly, Arrive, and other publications, and she is a regular contributor to Shelf Awareness and to Bookreporter.com. She has held positions in marketing and promotions at several publishing houses, most recently Simon & Schuster. Shannon lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.


Joni Rendon’s work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Continental, Pages, BookPage, The Writer, and on Bookreporter.com. She has held various marketing and editorial positions in the book publishing industry, most recently at Hyperion Books. Currently, she resides in London.

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