Literary pilgrimages—whether it be to Stratford on Avon or the Dickinson manse in Amherst—have been going on since time immemorial. The travel site Trazzler recently put together a cool slide show of intriguing destinations for bibliophiles with wanderlust.
The Chateau d'If in Marseilles instantly caught my fancy. That's the terrible fortress where Edmund Dantès was unjustly imprisoned and spent 14 years plotting his revenge and re-emergence as The Count of Monte Cristo. I remember poring over a Classics Illustrated Comics version of this story as a kid, and there was very little in my young life that was as enthralling.
Also depicted are the maritime museum where Moby Dick is read aloud in its entirety every year. The same thing happens with Ulysses in many locations worldwide on July 10, a.k.a. "Bloomsday." Joyce set his masterpiece on that day in commemoration of meeting Nora Barnacle, who became his wife, and each year Joyceans galore also recreate the extensive wanderings of Leopold Bloom and Stephen Daedalus through Dublin's fair city.
Also highlighted are the podunk town of La Mancha in Spain, the moors that inspired Wuthering Heights, and Zora Neale Hurston's hometown of Eatonville, Florida.
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