In this thread I am going to post photos I have taken while visiting literary historical sites. Feel free to join in if you have any of your own.
This first photograph is of Rudyard Kipling's house in Vermont.
This is the House of Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts. It served as the inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne's book of the same name.
This is the cafe where J.K. Rowling began her initial work on Harry Potter.
Here is the view of Edinburgh Castle from the back window of the cafe in which J.K. Rowling began her initial work on Harry Potter. According to rumor, Rowling got some of the names for her characters from the headstones in the cemetery in the foreground.
Here, the cell where Miguel de Cervantes was inspired to write Don Quixote. School trip.
Here's the customs house which Hawthorne worked at.
She also got a lot of names from movies.
Art the Writers' Museum in Edinburgh. This is a portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson.
I visited Salem this past winter. Found out why the people there may have been driven crazy.
This is Merton College at Oxford, where Tolkien taught.
A room at 221b Baker Street, the residence of Sherlock Holmes.
This is King's College at Cambridge, where Rupert Brooke, Salman Rushdie, and Zadie Smith studied, and where I did my abroad study.
This is the orchard at Grantchester where Virginia Woolf and Rupert Brooke would go to get tea.
This is the library at Pembroke College at Cambridge, where Ted Hughes attended school.
This is Notre Dame; a cathedral in Paris which inspired the 1996 American animated film "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."
This is the city of Avalon, on Santa Catalina Island in California, where Karl Marx penned his famous "Das Kapital" while living in a faux Spanish bungalow on the converse side of the island.
I like to visit places like this too. Here are a couple of my own.
First one is Batemans, Rudyard Kipling's house in Sussex.
Eric Arthur Blair = George Orwell
also i just noticed that weird shadow on the last picture. wtf
Well, I live in New York so the travel to New England wasn't that expensive. The European photos are from when I was studying abroad, which I financed through a scholastic grant, a student loan, and some money from my family. I'm paying off the loan still, but I would gladly do it again if I could.
Yes, it is in a quiet village called Sutton Courtenay. This is the church where the grave is. Orwell was a complex man and despite being an atheist and anti-Empire it was his last wish to be buried in an traditional English churchyard.
This is part of Lacock Abbey, which was the birthplace of photography (William Henry Fox Talbot lived here) and was also part of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films
I'm from California originally, and I'm actually moving back there (from NYC) in a couple of months. With the exception of Monterrey I wouldn't say there's much literary history there though.
Most of what I'm doing is Brautigan, but I'll be picking up other beat stops too further north. Sadly, most of Big Sur that I'll get to see will be from the train, so I'll miss the Miller library and most of the Monterey pics due to time constraints. :( Going drinking in the bar Brautigan wrote a novel about in Bolinas though which is worth the couple thousand miles.