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American Writers at Home Hardcover – October 14, 2004
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About the Author
Erica Lennard is a photographer based in France who specializes in gardens and interiors. She is the photographer for "Breaking Ground", as well as for "Classic Gardens, Artists' Gardens", and Writers' Houses. She also participated in the photographing of "Gardens of the World". Lennard contributes regularly to international magazines such as "Elle, Elle Decoration, French Vogue", and "House Beautiful".
Top Customer Reviews
-- Lowell Forte, Cupertino CA
Although this book is not unique in covering this topic, it gives a quality tour of the homes of 21 writers. Other titles that might intrigue you are Writer's Houses and the book, Home: American Writers Remember Rooms of Their Own.
For each author, you get a brief background on that person and the house. There are photos, a listing of visiting hours, phone numbers and web sites.
This book was well researched by J.D. McClatchy and wonderfully photographed by Erica Lennard. And for once, it's so nice to read a book in which the photos go hand-in-hand with the prose and descriptions.
As stated by other reviewers, this book includes a short biography of many famous writers, such as: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Washington Irving, Mark Twain, Wm Faulkner, Louisa May Alcott and many more.
The author then visited all the places that each author has lived, and has shown the reader the rooms (& accessories) that made each home so special to each writer.
Many of these rooms and writing accessories might surprise the readers, since after reading some of the authors' famous works, one would think that each author/poet had created such amazing literary works in the most inspiring and comfortable surroundings. Not so.... because when you look at each photograph, the reader may notice that some of the rooms in which the authors wrote, looked rather dark and lonely and cold (also, some of the furniture looks so uncomfortable) . In addition, many of the authors/poets wrote their famous works snuggled in their beds, (not even on a desk & chair)! Thus, J.D. McClatchy showed the reader each bedroom that the author slept in, or wrote in, and sometimes even lived in. Through these photographs, the reader can imagine what it must have been like for these famous writers to create their famous poems or short stories or novels.
It was so interesting to read and visually see how each author/poet viewed their writing experience.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A lovely look into the lives and homes of very interesting writers.Published 6 months ago by East coast
I was disappointed in how mundane and inert this book was. It's also overpriced. Look elsewhere for better, cheaper books on this subject. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Edward Hunsecker
I love this book!! It was actually the inspiration for the third book in my mystery series. You not only see the authors' homes but also get a short biography. Well Done. A+Published 9 months ago by Kathleen Bridge
Wonderful book with beautiful photography. I enjoy referring to the book quite frequently to get a feeling of the writers' various characters' and their writing environments.Published 20 months ago by Harvey H. Ito
As a writer, I am interested in other writers and this book is a beautiful catalogue of photographs that explore the intimate spaces of where some of the best works were... Read morePublished on August 28, 2013 by Dr. Wilson Trivino
I love this system of buying books! I read about a book or hear a recommendation on t.v. and I click a couple of times to buy it. Read morePublished on October 12, 2012 by Moonlightwriter
What can I say more than this? This is my all-time favourite book, and one which I savoured, entry-by-entry, to make it last. Read morePublished on August 22, 2012 by J. Rae
A wonderful book for authors. This is a look at how well known authors lived and created their works. Well written and great pictures. Read morePublished on July 6, 2010 by Edward Young