Great Literary History in Boston and Cambridge

by Rachel Baker on May 12, 2014

If you are looking for a place to take your summer vacation this summer consider traveling to Massachusetts. An amazing amount of history can be discovered in just about every corner of Massachusetts; but if you are a bibliophile, you will be remiss if you don’t try to fit Boston and Cambridge into your trip.

Here in Boston we are all about our history. Show up as a tourist, and you will have no trouble finding someone in quasi-period costume to lead you around, often for a ridiculous sum of money.

But when you live here, it’s easy to forget how rich the city’s past is — until you see the parishioners of Old South Church, decked out in their best hats, processing through Back Bay in a tribute to poet Phillis Wheatley, as they did last Sunday.

Wheatley, the first female African-American poet in the US, is honored with a statue in the Women’s Memorial, sharing the block with Lucy Stone and Abigail Adams. You’ll run into a few other writers as you stroll along Comm Ave (that would be Commonwealth Avenue for those who insist on all the syllables, but you’ll rarely hear them pronounced), from Alexander Hamilton to Domingo Sarmiento.

Literary Tourism: Boston and Cambridge

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