Take a pen or pencil to leave as an offering and make a pilgrimage to the final resting place of your favorite author. These are the grave sites I’ve visited so far. I’ll add to the list as I travel.
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables, is buried in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island near Green Gables Heritage Site. Learn more about visiting Anne’s Prince Edward Island.
Jane Austen, author of Pride and Prejudice and other works, is buried in Winchester, England in Winchester Cathedral.
Read more about visiting Jane Austen’s grave.
Clive Staples (C. S.) Lewis
C. S. Lewis, author of the Narnia books, is buried in the church yard of the Holy Trinity Church in Oxford just around the corner from his home, The Kilns. Inside the church you can find the pew where Lewis sat when he worshipped at the church, and next to his pew is a window now called “the Narnia window” because instead of stained glass, the window has etchings of Narnia characters.
William Shakespeare was baptized and buried in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Stratford-Upon-Avon. For a small fee, you can pay your respects at his grave at the front of the church besides other members of his family, as well as see the old font in which he was baptized.
Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey
Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey contains the graves of several of Britain’s famous writers, as well as memorial plaques for those buried elsewhere. Jane Austen is honored here with a plaque and Shakespeare is honored with a statue, however neither are buried here.
- Alcott, Louisa May
- Emerson, Ralph Waldo
- Fitzgerald, Francis Scott
- Hawthorne, Nathaniel
- Lovecraft, Howard Phillips
- Poe, Edgar Allan
- Thoreau, Henry David
- Thurber, James
Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women and other works, is buried in Concord, Massachusetts on Author’s Ridge in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery along with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau.
Learn more about Louisa May Alcott and plan a visit to Concord.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson, known for his essay Nature and other works, is buried in Concord, Massachusetts on Author’s Ridge in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery along with Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau.
Learn more about Corcord’s Transcendentalists and plan a visit to Concord.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby and other works, is buried in Rockville, Maryland at St.Mary’s Church Historic Cemetery.
Stay in the F. Scott. Fitzgerald inspired room in Newport, OR.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables, and other works, is buried in Concord, Massachusetts on Author’s Ridge in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, along with Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau.
Learn more about Nathaniel Hawthorne and the House of the Seven Gables.
H. P. Lovecraft
H. P. Lovecraft, author of the Cthulhu Mythos, is buried in Providence, Rhode Island at Swan Cemetery.
Read more about visiting Lovecraft’s Providence.
Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe, author of The Raven and other works, is buried in Baltimore, Maryland at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Learn more about Edgar Allan Poe.
Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau, author of Walden, is buried in Concord, Massachusetts on Author’s Ridge in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, along with Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Learn more about Walden and plan a visit to Concord.
James Thurber, author of My Life and Hard Times, is buried in Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio. The Thurber family plot is in section 50. You’ll find Thurber’s grave next to a statue made to look like the cartoon he drew of his family’s dog, Muggs.
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