Connecticut For Literature-Lovers

Goals

To determine destinations in Connecticut (apart from the Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe houses) which would be a desirable destination for literature lovers.

Early Findings

Noah Webster House

  • Located at 227 South Main Street, West Hartford
  • "The Noah Webster House is the birthplace of a man who wrote two very influential American books — Blue-Backed Speller and An American Dictionary of the English Language. The latter is of course his most well-known and read work of art, while the first was written as a grammar book and used by many of the country’s founders to help teach their children how to write, spell and read. Webster’s house is a must-visit as he was a man whom every person who’s studied grammar and spelling, or been in school needing help with word definitions, should be grateful for."
  • The site is open 7 days a week from 1 p.m. — 4 p.m but closed on major holidays
  • Adult Admission is $8

Wallace Stevens Walk

  • 690 Asylum Avenue to 118 Westerly Terrace, Hartford
  • "Wallace Stevens may not be a world-famous name, but he sure made a reputation and name for himself in Hartford. He was a modernist poet who wrote several poems, and he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1955 with his Collected Poems. Besides being a poet, Stevens was also a Harvard-educated lawyer and worked in the insurance industry. He never learned to drive, so he walked to work every day, sometimes writing his poetry on his walks. The Wallace Stevens Walk takes you on the path he used to follow each day starting at The Hartford and ending at his former home."
  • According the organization's website, "Wallace Stevens, who never learned to drive, walked to work, often composing poetry along the way. The Wallace Stevens Walk invites you to retrace the steps of the poet’s imagination from his workplace, The Hartford building at 690 Asylum Avenue, to his former home at 118 Westerly Terrace." and "thirteen Connecticut granite stones mark the course of the walk, each inscribed with a stanza from his poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird."

Monte Cristo Cottage

  • Located at 325 Pequot Avenue, New London, CT
  • The National Historical Landmark site is the boyhood home of Nobel Prize-winning playwright Eugene O'Neill; named for the Count of Monte Cristo, his actor-father's most famous role.
  • The Monte Cristo Cottage "is the setting for two of O’Neill’s most notable works, Long Day's Journey Into Night, and Ah, Wilderness!. Currently the Cottage operates as a museum featuring a permanent exhibition on the life and works of Eugene O’Neill and an extensive collection of artifacts and memorabilia."
  • The site is open by appointment only by calling 860.443.5378 x288
  • Adult Admission is $10

Gillette Castle

  • Located 67 River Road, East Haddam, Connecticut
  • The "majestic, modern-day castle overlooking the Connecticut River in East Haddam was once home to William Gillette, the American actor, playwright and director who brought Sherlock Holmes to life on stage and screen."
  • The site was "purchased by the State of Connecticut in 1943 from the executors of Mr. Gillette's will, Gillette Castle and the adjoining property with its fine woodlands, trails, and vistas are now administered for the enjoyment of present and future generations."

Crosswicks Cottage

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