Walking tours

Yesterday I happened upon elaborate directions for a Greenwich Village literary walking tour. It looks far more impressive than the disappointing Literary Landmarks of New York: The Book Lover’s Guide to the Homes and Haunts of World Famous Writers, which I mentioned last fall. (Fourth item.)

To be fair, Literary Landmarks did lead me to W.H. Auden’s former apartment building on Cornelia Street. Tennessee Williams reportedly described the fourth-floor apartment as “fantastically sordid.” The Rake’s Progress (an operatic collaboration with Igor Stravinsky) and The Age of Anxiety (later interpreted by composer Leonard Bernstein) were written there.


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