Ever wondered what your favorite author’s home looked like? Well now it’s just a click away with the website Writers’ Houses. Created earlier this year by A. N. Devers, the website is an effort to collect information about writers’ houses (hence the name) so you can visit the places where the stories were born. And while information on many of these homes is only a Google search away, Devers explains on the site that Writers’ Houses intends to keep all that info in one convenient place. You can search homes by author, city, state, or country. So whether its F. Scott Fitzgerald who tickles your fancy or Robert Frost (or both!), you can use the site to plan your next author-inspired getaway.
Think of it this way: The website is like a much more sophisticated version of MTV’s Cribs (or the later CMT version) where cameras venture into the homes of stars, giving us a tour of the 10-car garages, ostentatious media rooms, huge bathrooms, and other outrageously expensive home decor in the chosen abode. And while it’s always a bit over the top, there are times when I wish I had a oversized closet just to hold my designer shoes. But I digress. Instead of showing off what us mere mortals could never afford, Writers’ Houses shows how we can escape to the places that gave life to the stories we love. All together now: awww.
What author’s home would you most want to visit? My pick (Charles Dickens) is not on the list yet.