literary sites

The Casa Antigua

Built in 1919, the Casa Antigua was once the Trev-Mor Hotel, which was home to Ernest Hemingway from 1928 to 1930 and is where he is said to have written A Farewell to Arms. Today, located between Eaton and Caroline streets, the Casa Antigua is home to the Pelican Poop Shoppe, a souvenir and antique store offering a variety of gifts and oddities such as art prints by Key West artists, tropical Christmas ornaments, and hand-beaded purses.

The Ninth Street Book Shop

Established in 1977 by Delaware school teachers Jack and Gemma Buckley, the Ninth Street Book Shop is a family-owned independent bookstore featuring a wide selection of bestsellers, children's books, new releases, books by local authors, and autographed copies. In spite of its name, the Ninth Street Book Shop is located at at the corner of Eighth and Market streets in downtown Wilmington. It offers a frequent buyer rewards program and participiates in Recyclebank, which rewards green actions such as recycling with points that can be redeemed for coupons to the bookstore.

Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden

The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden is a historic landmark located in the green quadrangle at the center of the Springfield Museums and the Springfield City Library. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield, and the city is said to have inspired much of his work. His stepdaughter, sculptor Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, created the bronze sculptures of Dr. Seuss and several of his characters, including Horton, the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch, the Storyteller, and the Lorax.

Hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily.

Snapdragon Inn

Constructed in 1815 by John Skinner, 26 Main Street was long owned by Maxwell Perkins, who vacationed here in the summer. Perkins is best known as the editor for F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, and Ernest Hemingway, among others.

Maxwell E. Perkins House

Built by Hiram Crissey in 1836, this Greek Revival house was home to Maxwell E. Perkins, the editor of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Thomas Wolfe. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. The house is privately owned and is not open to the public.

Thomas Hornsby Ferril House

Both a Denver and a literary landmark, for eighty-eight years this house was the home of Thomas Hornsby Ferril (1896-1988), Colorado’s first poet laureate. It was sold by Ferril's daughter Anne Ferril Folsom to Historic Denver for one dollar in 1989, and her wish was that it be used as a literary center in honor of the legacy of her father. It has housed small businesses and nonprofit organizations including the Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

The Strater Hotel

In August 2012, room 222 in the Strater Hotel was designated a literary landmark in honor of Western author Louis L’Amour (1908-1988). For more than ten years, Louis L'Amour spent the month of August writing in room 222, citing the sounds from the Diamond Bell Saloon directly below as inspiration for his writing. Founded in 1887, the Strater Hotel features authentic American Victorian antique furniture and decor. It is home to the Henry Strater Theatre, which features vaudville performances and other entertainment.

Hotel del Coronado

Founded in 1888, the Hotel del Coronado has been a setting in literature, film, and legend. The most famous work of literature involving the hotel is L. Frank Baum's 1900 novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Author Richard Matheson stayed at the Hotel del Coronado while writing his novel Bid Time Return in order to experience the life of his character. This hotel is also presumed to be the setting for the 1891 short story, An Heiress From Redhorse, by Ambrose Bierce.

John’s Grill

Located in the Union Square neighborhood of San Francisco, John's Grill was a setting in Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. In the film, Sam Spade asks the waiter to hurry his order of "chops, baked potato, and sliced tomatoes." The interior features original period furnishings and authentic memorabilia. In 1997, John’s Grill was declared a National Literary Landmark.

Hours are Monday through Saturday 11 AM to 10 PM and Sunday 12 PM to 10 PM. 

Dashiell Hammett’s Home

891 Post Street was home to Dashiell Hammett, author of The Maltese Falcon, in the 1920s. An historical marker indicates the location of Hammett's apartment, but the building itself is occupied by tenants.

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