Books to read before visiting Massachusetts
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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.
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!
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.
Read Post: Orchard House and the Real Little Women
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.
- A Literary Tour of Concord & Walden Pond
- Skip Walden (In All Forms), Just Go Outside
- Waldening in Southeast Alaska
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.
Read Post: A Literary Tour of Concord & Walden Pond
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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