A tour of the residences that shaped some of history's greatest writers

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Famous authors: They're just like us. Or at least they used to be. Recently, on a whim, we started investigating the childhood homes of some legendary authors, and their early homes are just as varied as their writing styles, from cottages to apartments to antebellum townhouses.

It's rather fascinating to peer at some of our favorite authors' earliest dwellings and think about the formative experiences they had there, whether for good or ill, and the way those houses and neighborhoods might have influenced their writing. Also, it's just fun to pry. Check out our collection of famous authors' childhood homes.

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