Five places that inspired your favorite books


Many of our favorite books are often inspired by real places around the world. In fact, many authors spend months staying at a site, inspired by the perfect destination to base their books on. Here’s a look at five places that have inspired some of your favorite books.

Paris, France

American novelist Ernest Hemingway wrote “The Sun Also Rises”, a story about expats involved in love triangles in Paris, the city of lights and love. The beautiful city, after all, is the perfect setting to write a story about self-discovery through others.

Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, Ireland.  Credit: Wikimedia commons

The cobbled lanes of Grafton and Nassau, and the lush grass of St. Stephen’s Green, inspired the famous (and complicated) novel “Ulysses” by Irish novelist James Joyce and its protagonist Leopold Bloom. You can re-enact Bloom’s day hike from the book today and stop at Glasnevin Cemetery, which was the basis for the book’s sixth chapter, “Hades.”

Walden Pond, Concorn, Massachusetts

Walden Pond, Concorn, Massachusetts.  Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Terryballard
American naturalist, essayist, and poet Henry David Thoreau moved into a cottage he built for himself on the scenic shore of Walden Pond on July 4, 1845. He resided there for two years, two months, and two days, or until on September 6, 1847. He later wrote a book about his experience called ‘Walden’, named after the pond.

Roma, Italy

Rome, Italy.  Credit: Wikimedia commons

“The Marble Faun” by American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, long considered the best travel guide to Rome, is the ideal fusion of fantasy, reality and twists. Hawthorne has carefully selected the locations for this book, which are among the most stunning and remarkable in contemporary Rome and are rich in historical symbolism. With some 2000 years of history, Rome provided the perfect backdrop for the novel about the challenges of life abroad and human misery.

Central Park, New York

Central Park, New York.  Credit: Wikimedia commons/Ed Yourdon
A key sequence of American author JD Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye” takes place near the Central Park Carousel, a hotspot for tourists and locals. The book’s main character, Holden Caufield, wants to know what happens to the ducks that float on Central Park’s “Conservatory Water” lagoon during the winter.


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