Houses of famous writers

Have you ever wondered where your favourite author wrote his/her works?  I collected 5 houses of famous writers. From Connecticut to Hampshire, each house has a story to tell. Some of them were the places where the greatest novels and poems were created. Let’s begin.


1. Mark Twain’s house, Hartford, Connecticut

Built in the style of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture, this 19-room house was the place where Twain wrote some of his most famous works such as “The Gilded Age”, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, “The Prince and the Pauper”, “Life on the Mississippi”, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “A Tramp Abroad”.

2. Emily Dickinson’s house, Amherst, Massachusetts

The house in which Dickinson lived for over 30 years is now a museum. From the 1850’s, she rarely left this house. However, she loved tending her garden. When she died, her funeral service was held in the library. The museum is now known for hosting various literary events and workshops.

3. Evelyn Waugh’s house, Gloucestershire, England

The house was bought when Waugh married his second wife. He was a keen gardener and he wrote in his diary “I have been feverishly planting trees. A weeping ash, a tulip tree, a copper beech and a scarlet oak”. When Waugh converted to Catholicism, the Gothic Edifice, a stone folly was built.

4. John Keats’ house, London, England

The house of a Romantic poet John Keats was built in 1815. Four years later the poet met Fanny Brown with whom he fell deeply in love. Here he composed his most famous poem “Ode to a Nightingale”. According to his friend Brown, Keats wrote a poem under a plum tree in the garden. The house is now a museum in which you can see publications known to have been Keats’ library.

5. Jane Austen’s house, Hampshire, England

This lovely cottage was a home residence of Jane Austen during the last eight years of her life. In this house, she revised three previously unpublished manuscripts, wrote three more novels and started the novel which remained unfinished. You can see various Austen’s artefacts together with the kitchen where Jane prepared breakfast every morning at 9 a.m., the bakehouse and the garden.

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Author. Undergraduate student of English language and Literature
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