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the sherlock holmes museum

from sherlock holmes posted in literature by chewing_the_scenery

Even though it's technically located between 237 and 241, the official address of the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London is 221B Baker Street, the address where Sherlock and Watson lived in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories.

For many years, the Abbey National building on Baker Street received mail delivered to 221B (from fans or else crazies hoping to correspond with the fictional Sherlock himself) until the museum, founded in 1990, decided that somehow they could claim the 221B address. The dispute lasted until Abbey National vacated their building in 2005.

The museum features Holmes memorabilia and is modeled after the description of the residence in the stories.

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stanley hotel

from stephen king posted in literature by chewing_the_scenery

Stephen King came up with the idea of what would become his third published novel The Shining after staying at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado with his wife in 1974. The hotel, which was about to close for its off-season, became the basis for the book's fictional Overlook Hotel. They were the only guests there, although King was able to have a drink in the bar served by a bartender named Grady.

Some of The Shining tv mini-series that aired in 1997 (starring Wings Steven Weber as Jack Torrance) was filmed at The Stanley.

The hotel is rumored to be haunted and if you stay there you can catch Stanley (no relation to the hotel) Kubrick's version of The Shining playing non-stop on channel 42.

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bradbury building

from gravity’s rainbow posted in literature by chewing_the_scenery

Some esoteric trivia: near the end of Gravity's Rainbow Pynchon writes "Philip Marlowe will suffer a horrible migraine and reach by reflex for the pint of rye in his suit pocket, and feel homesick for the lacework balconies of the Bradbury Building." This is a reference to the 1969 James Garner movie Marlowe in which the detective's office was located in this Los Angeles landmark.

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