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Brooklyn's Literary Landscape

Dec 30, 2010 1:51 PM | 0 comments

I had no idea how rich Brooklyn’s literary history was when I moved here in 2002. Of course I knew that some talented writers had to have lived here, but I’ve been discovering just how many great books life in Brooklyn has inspired. The best part is that even books you thought you knew well can come alive in ways you never expected after you’ve spent some time in Brooklyn: You can see a neighborhood’s personality in the work of a poet who grew up there, and you can’t help but find yourself absorbed more deeply into a novel when you know the streets the characters walk.


If living here is a literary treasure hunt, BPL’s Literary Map of Brooklyn is the long-lost map you need to find the precious gems. It’s an interactive guide to the homes, workplaces, haunts and inspirations of great Brooklyn writers, past and present.


You could use it to plan a low-key date (try reading Whitman and Hart Crane at the foot of the bridge that inspired them before checking out 10 more literary landmarks along the Brooklyn promenade), write a semester’s worth of lesson plans on Brooklyn authors (along with booking field trips to their homes), give out-of-town friends a custom tour or just learn more about your own neighborhood.


The best part of the map? If you know something that’s missing, let us know and we’ll be sure to add it!

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