FAMOUS AUTHORS AND THEIR HOMES
I have always had a fascination with where authors have lived in the past, which made me curious as to what I would find through extensive research. Where have the most famous authors lived, and where did they get their ideas for their stories? Did their surroundings have an influence on their writings? Let’s find out.
This was the home of the writer Alexandre Dumas, which he named The Château de Monte. It was designed by a french architect and was built in 1846. Unfortunately, Dumas could not afford to live there for too long, and ended up moving from the home in 1848. He wrote his book “The Count of Monte Cristo” in the early 1840’s and it was published in the Journal des Débats in 18 different segments. Isn’t this home magnificent? If you ever find yourself in Le Port-Marly, France, you can visit this gem and explore the grounds. Photos taken from tripadvisor.com
Ernest Hemingway was a man of fine taste. The home pictured above was his home in Key West Florida, and it was the place he lived for ten years, as well as wrote for ten years. Throughout the home you can find souvenirs of Hemingway’s travels and safaris. Also, one thing I did know about Hemingway is that he had a love for cats, so when I found out that there are a multitude of cats surrounding the property, it made me smile. Legend has it that the cats that live there are the descendants of Hemingway’s original cat that was gifted to him by a ship’s captain. Proof? His cat had six toes, and almost all of the cats that surround the home have six toes, as well. One more fun fact… Hemingway built a pool in the back of his home that cost around $20,000, and it was the absolute first in-ground pool to be built in the city. What a legend. If you find yourself in the Key West area, come visit this home. Photos taken from tripadvisor.com
This may be my favorite author’s home out of the lot. Wharton’s home is absolutely BREATHTAKING. This country estate is located in Lenox, Massachusetts, and Wharton herself designed the home. Wharton stated, “On a slope over-looking the dark waters and densely wooded shore of Laurel Lake we built a spacious and dignified house, to which we gave the name of my great-grandfather’s place, the Mount…There for ten years I lived and gardened and wrote contentedly…” Wharton and her husband lived there for a little over ten years, and when they moved the estate was turned into an all-girls school. You can still visit the estate today, and legend has it that the home is haunted with spirits that Wharton spoke of in her writings. When you visit here you can sign up for ghost tours (if you’re into that kind of thing.) Photos taken from tripadvisor.com
The house of Faulkner can be found in Oxford, Mississippi, and it is a beaut to look at. The photo that amazed me the most is the very first photo pictured. In his study you can see that Faulkner did an outline of his novel, A Fable, which later won him The Pulitzer Prize. He bought the home in 1930 for a mere $6000, shortly after The Sound and the Fury was published. Faulkner lived in this home for 40 years, and in it he wrote many of his novels that later moved on to become best sellers. This house is now a historical landmark and it offers tours for those who want to get a glimpse in the life of one of the greatest writers who ever lived. Photos taken from NPR.org
Woolf’s home is known as “Monk’s House” and it can be found in East Sussex, England. Woolf welcomed many into her home, including the famous writers T.S. Eliot and E.M. Forster. She was well-known for keeping a beautiful garden, and within that garden is where she spent most of her time writing. The middle picture above is the cottage that was built within the garden, which is where she kept her typewriter. Woolf lived there for many years until her tragic death in 1941, when she drowned herself in a nearby river. Spectators can enter the home and spend an afternoon where Woolf herself spent her days typing away. Photos taken from pinterest.com
Dickens’ home has been turned into an all-out interactive museum, where patrons can walk all around the home and see the rooms that Dickens roamed. In this London home, Dickens wrote Nicholas Nickleby, The Pickwick Papers, and Oliver Twist. Dickens lived here for less than two years, so the fact that he wrote three novels in this time is pretty outstanding. When taking a tour through the home, try to imagine seeing Dickens in the flesh- writing by candlelight with nothing but ink and a quill pen. Photos taken from tripadvisor.com