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Literary Places

This database of writerly destinations—places writers can visit for inspiration, to promote their writing, for research, and to discover community—includes historical sites, reading venues, literary collections, writing centers, and writers spaces. Save your selections to My P&W and populate a personal Google Map that can be used to plan reading tours and visits to literary meccas, or just to keep track of your favorite literary locales.

  • Bronx, NY

    Built in 1812, this wooden farmhouse was where Edgar Allan Poe spent the last years of his life, from 1846 to 1849. Poe wrote his most famous poetical works here, including "Annabel Lee," "The Bells," and "Eureka." Now restored to its original... read more

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Novelist H.P. Lovecraft moved to the first-floor apartment at 169 Clinton Street in 1925 after separating from his wife Sonia Greene. He described the place as "something unwholesome—something furtive—something vast lying subterrenely [sic] in... read more

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Henry Miller, author of Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn, lived at 91 Remsen Street from 1924 to 1925 with his second wife, June. In Plexus, book two of the fictionalized account of his early life, he describes... read more

  • New York, NY

    Patchin Place, a quiet dead-end alley off West Tenth Street, was home to many writers, musicians, and artists over the years. Notable residents included John Reed (1 Patchin Place), e.e. cummings (4 Patchin Place), Djuna Barnes (5 Patchin Place... read more

  • Brooklyn, NY

    A plaque honoring Richard Wright is mounted on the writer's former residence in Fort Greene in Brooklyn, New York. Wright often visited the nearby Fort Greene Park to write notes for his novel Native Son.

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Novelist Thomas Wolfe lived in the brownstone at 5 Montague Terrace from 1933 to 1935. While living there he wrote the short story Only the Dead Know Brooklyn, as well as the novel Of Time and River.

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Truman Capote lived in the basement apartment of 70 Willow Street for ten years, which he rented from his friend Oliver Smith. While living there, he finished Breakfast at Tiffany's and wrote the novel In Cold Blood. Capote's... read more

  • Brooklyn, NY

    W.H. Auden lived in the brownstone on the corner of Montague Street and Montague Terrace from October 1939 to September 1940. A plaque on the house claims Auden wrote the poem "New Year Letter" while he lived there.

  • New York, NY

    The White Horse Tavern was made famous by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas as the bar where he drank his last whiskey. Inside, portraits of Dylan Thomas adorn the walls, and a plaque commemorating him hangs above the bar. In the 1950s and 1960s, many more... read more