Author Homes in Massachusetts: Background information when reading Dayswork

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A Novel

by Chris Bachelder, Jennifer Habel

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Dayswork by Chris Bachelder, Jennifer Habel
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Author Homes in Massachusetts

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One of the topics explored in Dayswork by Chris Bachelder and Jennifer Habel is Herman Melville's home in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Arrowhead, which he went into significant debt to purchase but where he spent what seem to have been the happiest and most productive years of his life. Dayswork additionally mentions the homes of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Emily Dickinson, also in Western Massachusetts. Below are these and more of the many author homes literary road-trippers are able to visit in the Bay State.

Black-and-white photo of Herman Melville's farm house at ArrowheadArrowhead (Herman Melville, Pittsfield) Melville's home, where he lived from 1850–1863, is now owned and operated by the Berkshire County Historical Society, which also has its headquarters there. Aspiring writers can, for a fee, bring their own writing material and spend an hour or two at Melville's desk with its view of Mount Greylock. Several organizations, including the historical society, jointly manage a "Melville Trail" of locations significant to Melville's ...

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