1. I found this wonderful book of American author's homes today in my library. It is interesting to see the enviroment where they lived and worked. So I thought it might be fun to see if you could figure who belongs to each locale. Anyone want to play? This is known as "The Orchard House". This famous author's father was not only an author as well, but also an innovative educator and a leader of the Transcendentalist movement as well. Louisa May Alcott
2. Which famous author slept here? This author wrote one very scandalous novel and many short stories. This author is known for their use of local color, and happens to be one of my very favorite writers! Kate Chopin
3. This room is a semi circular conservatory at the end of a library. Isn't it lovely? This author once said, "I am not an American, I am the American." This author is better known by their nom de plume. Mark Twain
4. This author published very little work in their lifetime (and it was done anonymously). This author lived a very introverted and hermetic life. Emily Dickinson
5. This house is known as "Rowan Oak". This author was a Nobel Prize winner, and I find their work to be very difficult. This author donated their Nobel Prize winnings to help establish a fund to support and encourage new writers. William Faulkner
6. I love this author's work. This author's first book did not appear until they were 39 years old. This author received four Pulitzer Prizes! This author is buried in Vermont. Robert Frost
7. Which famous author wrote at this desk? This author was fascinated by "the matter of America". This author joined a transcendentalist utopian community. Nathaniel Hawthorne (Did you spot his portrait on the wall--at least it looks like him? I didn't realize it was there at first, but then figured it would be a dead give away!).
8. Which author ate at this most elegant table? This author won the Pulitzer Prize, and wrote about the privileged classes. This author was the friend and confidante of the likes of Henry James and Sinclair Lewis (and another favorite author of mine). Edith Wharton
So, have I made this way too easy? In many cases the houses really reflect their owners! This is a wonderful book! It is a nice oversized and lavishly illustrated volume. I especially like seeing where they wrote and what their libraries looked like!
Edited: You guys are too good--I don't think I stumped you at all! Isn't Mark Twain's library/conservatory wonderful? I think that I read that the family would put on plays in there! The book is really lovely. If you ever come across it, it is very worth a look through! The photos are from American Writers at Home edited by J.D. McClarchy, and photographed by Erica Lennard.