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Traveling Literary America: A Complete Guide to Literary Landmarks Paperback – September 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Jefferson Press (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971897425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971897427
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,126,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Although this is a reference book, it's also a good read...well designed and user-friendly." —The State Newspaper, Columbia, South Carolina


"All 50 states are represented...organized by geographic regions...a great read and resource for planning a road trip." —Gadling.com


"If you're looking for a thorough reference on author homes and other literary landmarks, this is the book for you." —BookstoreTourism.com


"Anyone who loves books...will love Traveling Literary America. There's a lot of fascinating stuff here." —Chicago Tribune


"An educational diversion to wedge between roller coasters and miniature golf." —St. Petersburg Times


"The book is a browser's delight."  — The Charlotte Observer



"Most extraordinary resource...for anyone who loves great books and great writers. You'll consult this book over and over again."  —TravelSmart newsletter


"Structured in an engaging, intelligent manner...This book does read like a labor of love."  —KLIATT

About the Author

B. J. Welborn is the copy editor for The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina, and the author of America’s Best Historic Sites, which has sold more than 10,000 copies worldwide. She lives in Columbia, South Carolina.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Larry A. Portzline on September 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
I'm sure I'll be using this book as a reference for many years to come. If you do any kind of book-related traveling, you'll be glad you picked up a copy.

Welborn crossed the U.S. several times while researching the book, and her diligence shows. The guide is loaded with excellent facts and useful tips, and it couldn't be easier to navigate.

The book lists over 200 homes, museums, exhibits, memorials, etc., and it's divided into sections by region of the country. It includes historical information about each author and his or her work, as well as little-known tidbits that will make your journeys infinitely more interesting.

If you're looking for a thorough reference on author homes and other literary landmarks, this is the book for you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Global Traveler on October 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
Anyone who loves books-which presumeably includes anyone reading this review website, will love Traveling Literary America. It is a hefty (more than 500 pages) and features more than 200 literary sites in nearly all 50 states, including author homes, memorials, poetry walks, exhibits and museums. What's more, author B.J. Welborn offers descriptions of towns associated with a particular writer (Jack Kerouac's Lowell, Mass; Willa Cathers "Catherland" in red Clouod, Neb); unusual literary treasures (Yiddish Center in Amherst, Mass); art colonies (MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire); hiking trails (Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Trail in New York), and sidebars on literary movements (Romanticism, the Beat Generation). There is a lot of fascinating stuff in here.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on November 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
Ever since I visited Cross Creek (Rawling's home), I've been on the look out for more author's homes or related sites to visit. It was such a great experience to see her place after reading her books.

Now with Traveling Literary America, readers can visit places associated with Dr. Seuss, Mark Twain, Jack London, Edgar Allan Poe and other admired authors. Besides such well known authors, he includes more offbeat literary figures such as poet Joyce Kilmer's home (New Brunswick, NJ) and songwriter Woody Guthrie's birthplace (Okemah, Okla).

I can't wait to see some of these places and having the book on hand allows me to fit them in wherever I travel in the US.
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