York Literary Pilgrimage
by Alexander Laurence
If you take a walk around New
York, you can find places where several previous writers have lived, worked,
and died. This is a list of notable places around Manhattan.
The author of A Death In The Family (1957) lived in New York City
the last two decades of his life in alchoholic bliss.
38 Perry St (Greenwich Village)
172 Bleeker Street
33 Cornelia Street
W. H. Auden
Famous poet had a few years of expatriate living. His works, The Age
of Anxiety and The Rake's Progress were written here.
7 Cornelia Street
77 St. Mark's Place
Born in upstate New York, lived in Greenwich Village and Paris most of
her life. She wrote Nightwood and worked for the Brooklyn Daily
Opened in 1884. Many writers came here to stay like Mark Twain and O.
Henry. Thomas Wolfe wrote You Can't Go Home Again. Other residents
include James T. Farrell, Dylan Thomas, Edward Dahlberg, Brendan Behan,
James Schuyler and Arthur Miller.
222 West 23rd Street
John Dos Passos
Author of several novels including The Manhattan Transfer.
14A Washington Mews
106-10 Columbia Heights
214 Riverside Drive
F. Scott Fitzgerald
The author of The Great Gatsby spent a few years in New York.
200 Claremont Avenue
The Biltmore Hotel: East 43rd Street
Author of The Weary Blues and Mulatto lived in New York
City most of his life.
634 St. Nicholar Avenue
20 East 127th Street
Born at 21 Washington Place, left for Europe and returned several times.
Author of Washington Square, The Ambassadors, and Daisy Miller.
He wrote On The Road in a room on West 20th Street. Lived off and
on in Manhattan for years.
454 West 20th Street
501 East 11th Street
He was born at 6 Pearl Street, and lived at 33 Bleeker Street and 675
Broadway as a child. He wrote Typee and Moby Dick. He lived
in obscurity for thirty years till his death in 1891.
104 East 26th Street
Author of Death of a Salesman and husband of Marilyn Monroe grew
up in Brooklyn and Harlem.
444 East 57th Street
The Chelsea Hotel (1962-1968)
Famous 20th Century poet, associated with Modernism, and rival of artist/poet
14 St. Luke's Place
35 West 9th Street
Poet, writer for Vanity Fair and subject of the movie, Mrs. Parker
and Her Vicious Circle. Grew up on 57th Street, and spent her last
days at The Volney Hotel.
57 West 57th Street
Volney Hotel, 23 East 73rd Street
Spent most of his time in Baltimore but was in New York City for a few
years between 1837-1844. He wrote most of his well known poems at The
West 84th Street (at Broadway)
85 Amity Street (now West 3rd Street)
Revolutionary and author of Ten Days That Shook The World. He lived
in New York City between 1911-1919.
42-43 Washington Square South
23 5th Avenue
147 West 4th Street
California's great novelist lived in New York City's upper east side for
the last three decades of his life with his third wife. Cannery Row
and East of Eden were written at this time. In 1962, he won the
206 East 52nd Street
Edith Wharton (née Jones)
Part of one of New York City's prominent families, she wrote several novels
including The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth. Close
friends with Henry Miller. Born at 14 West 23rd Street.
28 West 25th Street
884 Park Avenue