Books to read before visiting Massachusetts

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Boston

Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“One if by land, and two if by sea…” We all have heard at least this line from the famous Wadsworth poem that tells the story of the night the American Revolution began, but how much do you know about the poem’s author? Check out the post below to learn more about Wadsworth and his time in Boston.

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Read Post: In the Boston Footsteps of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Watch: In H. W. Longfellow’s Boston Footsteps

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

This is a cute children’s book about a policeman and a family of ducks in Boston.

Today you can find a statue of McCloskey’s duck family walking through the Boston Public Garden. Check out the post below to learn about this and other literary locations in Boston you should visit!

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Read Post: A Walking Tour Through Boston for Book Lovers

Concord

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This is a coming of age story of four American sisters growing up in Concord during the American Civil War. The story is loosely based on the lives of the author and her real sisters who did live in Concord, MA.

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Read Post: Orchard House and the Real Little Women

Mosses from an Old Manse by Nathaniel Hawthorne 

Mosses from an Old Manse is a compilation of short stories written by the author while he lived in The Old Manse in Concord, MA.

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Watch:  Literary Tour of Concord’s Old Manse

Walden, or Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau lived in a cabin by Walden Pond for 2 years, 2 months, and 2 days. He wrote Walden during his time attempting to live mostly disconnected from society.

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Watch: On the Trail of Concord’s Transcendentalists

Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson was a leader in the Transcendentalist writers movement. His essays, such as Nature, were the inspiration for other transcendentalist writers such as Henry David Thoreau and Bronson Alcott, who moved into Emerson’s neighborhood in Concord, MA.

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Read Post: A Literary Tour of Concord & Walden Pond

Watch: On the Trail of Concord’s Transcendentalists

Salem

The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The House of the Seven Gables is a fictional history of a real house in Salem the author lived in for a period of his life. The premise of this strange story of the house’s inhabitants is rooted in Salem’s unfortunate Witch Trials history.

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Read Post: Salem Witch Trials and Hawthorne’s House of the Seven Gables

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