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.…Find out more »
This year we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of one of the most beloved books of all time — Little Women. The character of Jo March, the heroine of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, was loosely based on Alcott's own life, growing up with three sisters, a strong mother, and a revered, but largely absent father. Before Alcott reluctantly agreed to write what was to become her most famous work, Little Women, readers associated her prolific writing more with Boston than…Find out more »
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.