Reference Points

October 30, 2005|By JUNE SAWYERS

Traveling Literary America: A Complete Guide to Literary Landmarks

Jefferson Press; $19.95

Anyone who loves books will love Traveling Literary America. It features more than 200 literary sites, including author homes, memorials, poetry walks, exhibits and museums. Author B.J. Welborn offers descriptions of towns associated with a particular writer (Jack Kerouac's Lowell, Mass.; unusual literary treasures (Yiddish Center in Amherst, Mass.); art colonies (MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire); hiking trails (Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Trail in New York); and sidebars on literary movements (Romanticism, the Beat Generation). A lot of fascinating stuff here.

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