By Anne Trubek
There are some ways to teach our devotion to an writer in addition to interpreting his or her works. Graves make for well known pilgrimage websites, yet way more well known are writers' residence museums. what's it we are hoping to complete by way of hiking to the house of a useless writer? We may work looking for the purpose of idea, wanting to stand at the very spot the place our favourite literary characters first got here to life—and locate ourselves as a substitute in the home the place the writer himself was once conceived, or the place she drew her final breath. probably it's a position by which our author handed purely in short, or even it particularly used to be an established home—now completely remade as a decorator's show-house.
In A Skeptic's consultant to Writers' Houses Anne Trubek takes a vexed, frequently humorous, and continually considerate travel of a goodly variety of condo museums around the country. In Key West she visits the shamelessly ersatz shrine to a hard-living Ernest Hemingway, whereas meditating on his misplaced Cuban farm and the sterile Idaho residence during which he devoted suicide. In Hannibal, Missouri, she walks the bushy line among truth and fiction, as she visits the house of the younger Samuel Clemens—and the purported haunts of Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher, and Injun' Joe. She hits literary pay-dirt in harmony, Massachusetts, the nineteenth-century mecca that gave domestic to Hawthorne, Emerson, and Thoreau—and but couldn't accommodate a shockingly complicated Louisa might Alcott. She takes us alongside the path of flats that Edgar Allan Poe left at the back of within the wake of his many mess ups and to the burned-out shell of a California condominium with which Jack London staked his declare on posterity. In Dayton, Ohio, a charismatic consultant brings Paul Laurence Dunbar to forcing existence for these few viewers prepared to pay attention; in Cleveland, Trubek reveals a relocating remembrance of Charles Chesnutt in a home that now not stands.
Why is it that we stopover at writers' homes? even if admittedly skeptical concerning the tales those structures let us know approximately their former population, Anne Trubek incorporates us alongside as she falls not less than somewhat in love with every one cease on her itinerary and unearths in each one a few fact approximately literature, heritage, and modern America.