By Anne Trubek
Publish yr note: First released October 4th 2010
There are some ways to teach our devotion to an writer along with analyzing his or her works. Graves make for renowned pilgrimage websites, yet way more well known are writers' condo museums. what's it we are hoping to complete via hiking to the house of a lifeless 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 an alternative in the home the place the writer himself was once conceived, or the place she drew her final breath. probably it's a position during which our author handed basically in brief, or even it rather was once 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, usually humorous, and constantly considerate travel of a goodly variety of apartment 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 dedicated 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 advanced Louisa could Alcott. She takes us alongside the path of apartments that Edgar Allan Poe left in the back of within the wake of his many mess ups and to the burned-out shell of a California condo with which Jack London staked his declare on posterity. In Dayton, Ohio, a charismatic consultant brings Paul Laurence Dunbar to driving existence for these few viewers keen to hear; 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?
Although admittedly skeptical in regards to the tales those constructions let us know approximately their former population, Anne Trubek incorporates us alongside as she falls at the least a bit in love with every one cease on her itinerary and reveals in every one a few fact approximately literature, historical past, and modern America.
"Ms. Trubek is a bewitching and witty go back and forth companion. " -- Wall highway Journal
"a slender, shrewdpermanent little bit of literary feedback masquerading as clever trip writing" -- Chicago Tribune
"amusing and paradoxical" -- Boston Globe
"a restlessly witty book" -- Salon.com
"A blazingly clever romp, choked with humor and hard-won wisdom...[Trubek] crisscrosses the rustic looking for epiphanies at the doorsteps of a few of our extra very important writers." -- Minneapolis megastar Tribune
Named one of many seven most sensible small-press books of the last decade in a column within the Huffington Post
"Why do humans stopover at writer's houses? What are they searching for and what do they wish to remove that isn't offered within the present store? This memoir-travelogue takes you from Thoreau's harmony to Hemingway's Key West, exploring the tracks authors and their enthusiasts have laid down through the years. Trubek is a sharp-eyed observer, and you'll want you have got been her commute companion."— Lev Raphael, Huffington Post
"A amazing publication: half travelogue, half rant, half memoir, half literary research and concrete historical past, it really is like not anything else I've ever learn. In brooding about why we glance to writers' homes for idea after we might be trying to the writers' paintings, Trubek has—with humor, with self-deprecation, despite occasional anger and sadness—reminded us why we want literature within the first place."— Brock Clarke, writer of An Arsonist's consultant to Writers' houses in New England
"An antic and clever antitravel consultant, A Skeptic's consultant to Writer's homes explores areas that experience served as pilgrimage websites, tokens of neighborhood delight and colour, and zones that confound the canons of literary and historic interpretation. With a gimlet eye and indefatigable interest, Anne Trubek friends during the veil of family veneration that surrounds canonized authors and overlooked masters alike. during her skeptical odyssey, she discerns the curious ways that we flip authors into loved ones gods."— Matthew Battles, writer of Library: An Unquiet History
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