collection: birthplaces of famous authors

started by pete_nice

Here's a list of the birthplaces of famous writers.

edgar allan poe birthplace

from edgar allan poe posted in literature by tacopolis

Born on January 19, 1809, Edgar Allan Poe was the son of David and Elizabeth (Eliza) Poe, actors at the Boston Theatre. Poe's father left early on, and his mother died before he reached the age of three. Edgar was raised as a foster child by the Allan family of Richmond, VA from that point on.

At the time of his birth, this building's address was #62 Carver St. However, there have been a number of street moves and renames since 1809.

In 1924, the Boston Authors' Club put a memorial tablet to Edgar Allan Poe on a building at the corner of Fayette St. and Poe Sq. However, this was an incorrect placement. According to later property records research by the Bostonian Society, the Poes lived at 62 Carver St. when Edgar Allan was born.

The building survives today, and is near the intersection of Charles St. South and Stuart St.

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h.g. wells birthplace

from h.g. wells posted in literature by prof_improbable

The author of The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, and The Island of Dr. Moreau, Herbert George (H.G.) Wells was born at Atlas House, 47 High Street, Bromley, in the county of Kent, a small market town, on September 21, 1866.

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herman melville’s birthplace

from herman melville, moby dick posted in literature by pete_nice

Herman Melville, author of Moby-Dick, Billy Budd, "Bartleby the Scrivener" and many other works, was born at this location on August 1, 1819 when it was 6 Pearl Street. Today, Pearl Street no longer exists at this location and it's the home of the 17 State Street tower.

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jack london’s birthplace

from jack london posted in literature by corporate_sunshine

John Griffith "Jack" London (born John Griffith Chaney) was born at this location on January 12, 1876.

The American author who wrote the novels The Call of the Wild and White Fang, and the short stories "To Build a Fire", "An Odyssey of the North", and "Love of Life", spent the early years of his life at this location.

The home burned down in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake fire, and the plaque celebrating London was placed here in 1953.

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f. scott fitzgerald birthplace

from f. scott fitzgerald posted in literature by donkeyoti

Called the San Mateo Flats by the builder, F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in the left building, second apartment up, on September 24, 1896.

His father moved the family to New York in 1898.

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote several novels, short stories, poems, and coined the phrase "the Jazz Age", an era which he is most associated with.

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