Relive Your Childhood: 10 of Your Favorite Author’s Homes You Can Visit Today

Louisa May Alcott

Raised with three sisters, it’s no wonder that Louisa May Alcott’s most successful novel chronicles the life of four sisters living in the middle of the Civil War. Louisa May Alcott was born in 1832 in Germantown, Pennsylvania, and was forced to work to help support her family from an early age. She spent much of her time working as a teacher, seamstress, and domestic helper, but always saved time for her writing. In 1868, she published her first novel, Little Women. It was so successful that she wrote two follow-up novels — Little Men, and Jo’s Boys. The home where Alcott wrote Little Women is called Orchard House, and it’s located in Concord, Massachusetts. The home has been preserved exactly as it was when Alcott lived there, including the little desk made for her by her father.

J. R. R. Tolkien

There are many beautiful locations that inspired J. R. R. Tolkien’s writing. He’s spoken at length about how the marshes and bogs that he saw while fighting at the Somme inspired the Dead Marshes, while the English Ribble Valley undoubtedly inspired his imagination on his many walks through the area while he was a professor. However, if you’re looking to step into the actual house where Tolkien wrote all of The Hobbit and most of The Lord of the Rings, you can visit the Tolkien family home at 20 Northmoor Road in Oxford. Tolkien moved into the home with his wife and children in 1930 and lived there until 1947. The house remains unaltered, so you can step into the drawing room and see how it was when Tolkien wrote there.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald

Prolific author F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote four novels including his most famous, The Great Gatsby, as well as hundreds of short stories during his relatively short lifetime. He was born in 1896 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and knew he was meant to be a writer from an early age. He attended Princeton, where he was placed on probation because his writing interfered with his coursework, but he quickly dropped out to join the army. He met his wife Zelda while he was stationed in Montgomery, Alabama. The house where Fitzgerald and Zelda lived while he was writing The Great Gatsby is an opulent Long Island mansion and is currently open to the public.

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