People travel for different and varied reasons. Many travel to find a meaning to their life, others travel to discover something new and adventurous. Whatever the reason is, traveling helps a person rediscover himself/herself. Every city is a new experience. Even two cities placed in two corners of the same country are different from each other. Some cities of the world are significant for their literary importance.
Setting is an important factor of a literary piece of work. Therefore, some cities hold a special place in the hearts of book lovers. Here is a list of 5 cities that must be visited by every book lover.
1. Edinburgh, Scotland
The atmospheric city—which has inspired more than 500 novels—was UNESCO’s first City of Literature. If you’re short on time, head straight to the Writers’ Museum located in a 17th-century building reached by a narrow stone passageway. Exhibits are devoted to a powerhouse literary trio: Burns, Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Louis Stevenson. Local contemporary authors of the city include Irvine Welsh, J.K. Rowling, Iain Banks and Ian Rankin.
2. Dublin, Ireland
Home to James Joyce, W.B. Yeats and Samuel Beckett, Dublin is a literary Mecca. It was named a UNESCO City of Literature in 2010. The city has produced more Nobel Prize laureates for Literature than any other city. The Dublin Writers Museum celebrates the spectrum of the country’s literary heritage, beginning with its roots in Irish poetry and Celtic storytelling. The Abbey Theatre, founded by poet W.B. Yeats in 1903, is still going strong with productions by classic and contemporary playwrights. Don’t leave town without being dazzled by the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript from the Middle Ages housed in the Old Library at Trinity College.
3. London, England
London’s reputation as a center of literature needs no justification. From William Shakespeare to Dicken and Arthur Conan Doyle, London is the home of some of the most famous authors of all time. The British Library stocks some 150 million items. Fans of the Bard can find a reconstruction of the iconic Globe Theatre. 221B Baker Street is the real-life address of the fictional Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. But if your style is more suave James Bond, stop by Dukes Bar, where the martinis inspired Ian Fleming to make it 007’s signature drink.
4. Paris, France
Mostly known in English under its French title of Les Misérables(1862), Victor Hugo’s depiction of mid-19th-century Paris has inspired literary lovers and travelers for a century and a half. Countless expat writers such as Henry Miller, Oscar Wilde and Gertrude Stein left their home countries to lift their pens in Paris’s cafés. Tributes to Honoré de Balzac, Voltaire, and Jules Verne, among other giants of French literature, can be found throughout the city in its boulevards, memorials, and cafés.
5. Boston, USA
Boston was home to some of the greatest literary minds of the 19th century. It attracted writers from abroad, and also produced its own legends. Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson lived and wrote in Boston, while expats Charles Dickens and Henry James were guests. The city has also been a backdrop for countless works, such as William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury.