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Five Literary Locations around the World

It is said that books often transport their readers beyond the boundaries of space and time. However, a lot of popular novels take place in real locations around the world. Here are some that might be worthy of a visit.

  1. Mark Twain House and Museum: Hartford, Connecticut

Mark Twain House and Museum - Hartford, Connecticut

While Twain was born in Missouri, his house in Hartford is a must-see for fans. The well-preserved house offers tours that take a peek into the life of the Huckleberry Finn author. The museum also houses the Aetna Gallery, a permanent exhibit of Twain’s work and legacy. The museum also has an exclusive by-appointment-only research library.

  1. Union Station, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Chicago, Illinois

Union Station, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Chicago, Illinois

Jay Gatsby mentions in this 1920s classic his travels passing through Chicago’s Union Station. Fans of the novel visit the location to feel just as the novel’s characters felt before they journeyed east. Most of the characters from The Great Gatsby—Tom, Gatsby, Daisy, and Jordan—are from Chicago.

  1. King’s Cross Station, The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling: London, England

King’s Cross Station, The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling - London, England

The busy train station plays a significant role in one of the world’s most-loved works of children’s fiction. King’s Cross, as mentioned in the novels, is said to house Platform 9 ¾, from which the Hogwarts Express departs every first of September at exactly 11:00 a.m. Now the King’s Cross is also a popular attraction, paying homage to the novels that made it famous with a trolley half embedded into the brick wall and a sign above it that says “Platform 9 ¾.”

  1. The Shire, The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien: Hobbiton, New Zealand

The Shire, The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien - Hobbiton, New Zealand

This location was used for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies directed by Peter Jackson. The site spans 1,250 acres, with views across the Kaimai Ranges. This real-life Shire features the Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, and other structures that Tolkienites are sure to find familiar.

  1. Anne Frank Museum: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Anne Frank Museum - Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Contrary to everything else on this list, this museum is of both historical and literary significance. The Diary of a Young Girl is still one of the world’s most widely read nonfiction books. The book is about the life of Anne Frank, a Jewish girl who chronicled her life during World War II in a diary published back in 1947. The museum, located in Amsterdam, was where Frank went into hiding. The house opened as a museum back in the 1960s and is still a popular location to this day. A tour through the house also includes a historical account of Anne Frank’s life in hiding.




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