Writers' homes (sometimes writer's, author's or literary houses) are locations where writers lived. Frequently, these homes are preserved as historic house museums and literary tourism destinations, called writer's home museums, especially when the homes are those of famous literary figures. Frequently these buildings are preserved to communicate to visitors more about the author than their work and its historical context. These exhibits are a form of biographical criticism. Visitors of the sites who are participating in literary tourism, are often fans of the authors, and these fans find deep emotional and physical connections to the authors through their visits.
Sites include a range of activities common to cultural heritage sites, such as living history, museum exhibits, guided tours and poetry readings. New York Times commentator Anne Trubek counted 73 such houses in the United States.
The tradition of preserving houses or sites important to famous authors has a long history: in the 14th century Petrarch's birthplace was preserved, despite Petrach barely spending time there as a child. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century France, photojournalism which represented authors homes created an increased public interest in writers' private lives, making their homes destinations.
The public popular imagination around these literary homes is a central theme of the satirical novel An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England.
- Jane Austen's House Museum
- Brontë Parsonage Museum
- Green Hills Farm (Pearl S. Buck)
- Bulgakov Museum in Moscow
- Melikhovo (Anton Chekhov)
- White Dacha (Anton Chekhov)
- Manning Clark House
- Jean Cocteau House
- Osamu Dazai Memorial Museum
- Charles Dickens Museum
- Emily Dickinson Museum
- Rowan Oak (William Faulkner)
- Anne Frank House
- Ernest Hemingway Cottage
- Ernest Hemingway House
- The World of James Herriot
- Maison de Victor Hugo
- Dr Johnson's House (Samuel Johnson)
- Tarkhany (Mikhail Lermontov)
- Margaret Mitchell House and Museum
- Rozhdestveno Memorial Estate (Vladimir Nabokov)
- Monte Cristo Cottage (Eugene O'Neill)
- Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum
- Hill Top (Beatrix Potter)
- Shakespeare's Birthplace
- James Thurber House
- Yasnaya Polyana (Leo Tolstoy)
- Mark Twain House
- The Mount (Edith Wharton)
- Highbury (Patrick White)
- Walt Whitman House
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- Channer, Nick (2015-04-30). Writers' Houses: Where Great Books Began. Robert Hale Limited. ISBN 9780719806643.
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- Hendrix, Harald (2012-08-06). Writers' Houses and the Making of Memory. Routledge. ISBN 9781135908058.
- Marsh, Kate (1993-01-01). Writers and their houses: a guide to the writers' houses of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland : essays. Hamish Hamilton. ISBN 9780241127698.
- Trubek, Anne (2011-07-11). A Skeptic's Guide to Writers' Houses. University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 0812205812.