A Skeptic's Guide to Writers' Houses

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University of Pennsylvania Press
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6.3 X 9.1 X 0.9 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author
Anne Trubek's writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the Christian Science Monitor, Mother Jones, American Prospect, and Salon.com. She is Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition and English at Oberlin College.

"An antic and intelligent antitravel guide, A Skeptic's Guide to Writer's Houses explores places that have served as pilgrimage sites, tokens of local pride and color, and zones that confound the canons of literary and historical interpretation. With a gimlet eye and indefatigable curiosity, Anne Trubek peers through the veil of domestic veneration that surrounds canonized authors and neglected masters alike. In the course of her skeptical odyssey, she discerns the curious ways in which we turn authors into household gods."--Matthew Battles, author of Library: An Unquiet History

Named one of the seven best small-press books of the decade in a column in the Huffington Post

"Why do people visit writer's homes? What are they looking for and what do they hope to take away that isn't sold in the gift shop? This memoir-travelogue takes you from Thoreau's Concord to Hemingway's Key West, exploring the tracks authors and their fans have laid down over the years. Trubek is a sharp-eyed observer, and you'll wish you could have been her travel companion."--Lev Raphael, Huffington Post

"A remarkable book: part travelogue, part rant, part memoir, part literary analysis and urban history, it is like nothing else I've ever read. In wondering why we look to writers' houses for inspiration when we could be looking to the writers' work, Trubek has--with humor, with self-deprecation, even with occasional anger and sadness--reminded us why we need literature in the first place."--Brock Clarke, author of An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England