If you're both an ardent bibliophile and an adventurous traveler, going on a novel travel is something you should definitely try. Wanderlust Wonderlist meets The Analogue Reader in this installment, so read on to find out which destinations are best for reading, re-reading, and reliving which books!
Long Island, New York
For a beach holiday with a literary twist, head to Long Island in New York with a copy of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald in hand. The magnum opus of the iconic American novelist, set in the summer of 1922, was reportedly inspired by the lavish parties he attended in the northern shore of the famed summer destination.
Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts
The Orchard House, the family home of esteemed children’s book author Louisa May Alcott, was also the setting of her famous coming-of-age novel, “Little Women.” A visit to the well-preserved Alcott residence in Concord (now a museum) will not only help you relive the story of boyish Jo March and her sisters, but also give you a glimpse of the author’s life.
If classic romance is your cup of tea, you might as well head to Hertfordshire, an English county north of Greater London, and re-read your favorite passages of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Hertfordshire is the location of the fictional town of Meryton, the setting of Austen’s famed novel, and is home to 50 country houses you can visit. Ladies, bringing your own Mr. Darcy is optional.
Aside from Hertfordshire, another option for re-imagining the romance of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy is Chatsworth House, a stately home in the county of Derbyshire that is believed to be Austen’s inspiration for the Darcy residence.
Madame Bovary, the first published novel of French writer Gustave Flaubert, was set in provincial northern France, near the historic city of Rouen in Normandy. A novel deemed controversial and obscene during its publication in 1856, Madame Bovary tells the story of a farm girl named Emma Rouault, her desire for romance and opulence, and her series of affairs. Interestingly, Rouen is the final resting place of Flaubert himself.
St. Petersburg, Russia
A city noted for its rich history and interesting sights, St. Petersburg is the setting of many noteworthy novels, the best known of them all being Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy’s 1877 realist fiction. The novel tells about the tragic life of Anna Karenina, a married aristocrat and socialite who engages in an affair with Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky, a moneyed army officer. After you’ve had enough walking and photographing around the city, find a nice spot to settle in for a cup of coffee and some quiet time with Tolstoy’s literary masterpiece that dabbles on themes about the “vast panorama of Russian life.”
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All information for this article were sourced from The Great Gatsby on Wikipedia, Pride and Prejudice on Wikipedia, Chatsworth House on Wikipedia, Orchard House on Wikipedia, Madame Bovary on Wikipedia, Anna Karenina on Wikipedia and Reader’s Digest – April 2007.