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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Literary Destinations 

The UK has come out on top in a list of the world's literary destinations compiled by TripAdvisor thanks to London, Stratford-upon-Avon and Edinburgh, placed first, second and third respectively. What is more, Dublin comes in fourth, reflecting the works of James Joyce.

London just exudes literature and has been the chosen workplace for many great writers besides being the chosen setting for many of their novels, Edinburgh for example, was home to Arthur Conan Doyle but famously, his creation Sherlock Holmes was given a home in London's Baker Street.

Other famous Edinburgh residents, past and present, include Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith and of course. Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling. Stratford's fame is obviously down to one William Shakespeare, it is arguably the most picturesque of the UK trio and retains many medieval buildings, a few now hosting excellent restaurants.

In at five on the list is New York with Arthur Miller and Louisa May Alcott brings Concord, Massachusetts in at sixth, San Francisco with Allen Ginsberg rolling in at number eight. The US trio being split by Paris, placed in seventh, with Victor Hugo who was the most celebrated author of the nineteenth century; it is worth a visit to Paris just to see Auguste Rodin's powerful sculpture of him. The remaining places go to Rome with Virgil and in tenth place Dostoevsky and St Petersburg.

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