The Writers' Houses Project: Architecture Meets Words

More

A writer and two designers show us the homes of famous literary figures, from Flannery O'Connor to Zora Neale Hurston

writershouses_zolanealehurston.png
I have an ongoing fascination with where creators create. And while it's somewhat easier to picture the studios of artists and designers, since there's an aesthetic expectation aligned with their visual styles, it's invariably a mystery to imagine where wordsmiths work their magic. That's the subject of a collaboration between literary pilgrim A.N. Devers and design duo Michael Fusco and Emma Straub, based on the excellent Writers' Houses site, exploring the domiciles of famous scribes through a series of stunning screenprints.

From Emily Dickinson's humble homestead to Mark Twain's whimsical micro-mansion and the eerie abode of mid-century illustrator Edward Gorey, known as the Elephant House—the only monochromatic print of the bunch, perhaps a nod to Gorey's distinctive macabre style—the two-color prints are absolutely lovely and disproportionately affordable at just $20 each, with proceeds funding the ongoing Writers' Houses project.

writershouses_emilydickinson.png
writershouses_frederickdouglass.png
writershouses_louisamayalcott.png
writershouses_marktwain.png
For more literary voyeurism, take a peek at the excellent American Writers at Home by J. D. McClatchy and photographer Erica Lennard—a fascinating look at how physical space has shaped the work of some of today's most beloved authors.


This post also appears on Brain Pickings.
Images: Michael Fusco and Emma Straub

Jump to comments
Presented by

Maria Popova is the editor of Brain Pickings. She writes for Wired UK and GOOD, and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

How have stories changed in the age of social media? The minds behind House of Cards, This American Life, and The Moth discuss.


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Entertainment

Just In