The Hub of Literary America

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Ticknor House, Park Street, Boston. Photographed by Southworth & Hawes, 1858.

By the mid-nineteenth century, Boston had earned the nickname “The Athens of America”, as an important center for literature and as home to many of America's greatest writers. It was the launch pad of American Romanticism, Transcendentalism, the Fireside Poets, and American Realism.

This literary tour highlights the homes and haunts of such prominent Victorians as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, Henry James, Charles Dickens, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Individually, they were writers and poets without peer. Collectively, they made Boston the epicenter of American Letters.

This confluence of great minds gave rise to philosophical discussions that greatly influenced not only their own literary work but also 19th-century society at large and even our culture today.

What brick building went from being an apothecary's shop to the headquarters of literary Boston? What was the Saturday Club and where did they meet? For answers to these questions and more, join your guide for a stroll through the vibrant literary history of Victorian Boston!

Schedule 2016

May-October
Saturday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Private tours are available at anytime. Call 617.367.2345 or use our private tour webform to learn more.

Buy Tickets for the Hub of Literary America

Free for Boston By Foot Members
Adults $13; Children 6-12 $8 when you buy tickets online
Adults $15; Children 6-12 $10 when you buy tickets in cash from your guide

Tour lasts ninety minutes.

 

Upcoming Tours

  • Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 11:00am
  • Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 11:00am
  • Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 11:00am
  • Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 11:00am
  • Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 11:00am

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