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Homes and Haunts: Touring Writers' Shrines and Countries

Alison Booth


Literary tourism and books known as homes and haunts developed in 1810–50 as readers were moved to visit the locales of renowned writers and their works. Yet academic studies have disparaged not only pilgrimages and relic-collecting but also writing about literary landmarks and “countries.” By the 1890s, house museums were increasingly established, and books of literary geography documented Dickens or Hawthorne by place. Homes and Haunts is the first full-length transatlantic critical history of these phenomena. This illustrated book, for general as well as specialist readers, includes first-p ... More

Keywords: tourism, museums, houses, narrative theory, Victorian, Romanticism, literary biography, transatlantic, American writers, book history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198759096
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198759096.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alison Booth, author
Professor of English, University of Virginia