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October 30, 2013

Visiting writers’ houses: who’s at home?

There’s no doubting our fascination with places in which authors have lived – it’s less certain what we hope to find there.

By Liz Bury

The news that a three-bedroom “colonial” property in Cleveland, Ohio, has been put up for sale would not usually make a newspaper headline, but when it is the teenage home of poet and writer Langston Hughes, it suddenly becomes interesting.

The estate agent handling the sale told the Plain Dealer: “People want to know how long Langston Hughes lived there and where he wrote” – they want to know that his room was the third-floor attic, and that’s where he first started writing some of his early plays, poems and short stories before moving to New York in the 1920s.

An aspiring writer has reportedly bid for the house, bringing to mind other, similar stories: Vikram Seth was so taken with a rectory that was once the home of metaphysical poet George Herbert that he bought it, and has lived there ever since.

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