Category Archives: Literary Travel

Dublin Writers Museum & American Writers Museum: Contrasts of Place

From Chicago to Dublin and back, I have seen the likes of two nations’ writers museums, and, as they would say in Ireland, it was craic (crack)— “the serious work of play.” The idea for the American Writers Museum (AWM) spawned from the influence of The Dublin Writers Museum. The two museums are unacquainted cousins […]

The Wow Factor: A Visit to Mark Twain’s Grand Mansion in Hartford

“This entry hall really has the ‘wow factor,’” our tour guide drily announces, gesturing at the lavish dark-wood staircase spiraling above the foyer. The Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut, built in 1874, is a towering mansion in the High Gothic style. Home to Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain), his wife Olivia, and their three […]

In the Footsteps of Louisa May Alcott

During a literary pilgrimage to Concord, Massachusetts a few years ago, I visited Orchard House, the home of Louisa May Alcott. Louisa lived there with her parents and sisters in the only permanent residence the Alcotts ever knew. Upon entering the two-story farmhouse, I immediately left the twenty-first century and stepped back in time. Nearly […]