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Road Trip! America’s Literary-Named Towns

AbeBooks has mapped America’s literary-named towns. Our coast-to-coast digital road-trip visits 30 places that sound very bookish. But does a bell toll in Hemingway, South Carolina? Are four legs good and two legs bad in Orwell, Vermont? Is the night tender in Fitzgerald, Georgia?

Find out as we begin in Bardstown, Kentucky, and wind up in Winnie, Texas, and see what put these bookish burgs on the map.

All Aboard!

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Beth Carswell

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2 Responses to “Road Trip! America’s Literary-Named Towns”

  1. Aging Lit Major April 24, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Reading, PA also serves as the setting of native John Updike’s Rabbitt novels. Along the northern tier counties of PA and the Western NY counties across the border, someone went crazy naming towns after classical Greek locales. Troy, Ulysses, Athens . . . . And Henry Ward Beecher is Harriet Beecher Stowe’s brother, so there is a connection between her and the IL town. And what about Cooperstown, NY, named for James Fennimore Cooper, or at least his family?

  2. Beth Carswell

    Good ones, ALM! This was by no means a comprehensive list – just a tour of some of the more bookish-sounding spots we came across in America. Though we did include Ulysses.

    And I missed that Henry Ward Beecher was Harriet Beecher Stowe’s brother – thank you for the correction.