9 Great Authors and the Places That Shaped Them

  • yorkshire moor england
  • shinjuku tokyo japan
  • teton mountains road trip
  • polyommattus blue butterfly
  • valparaiso chile
  • las ventas bullring bull fight madrid spain
  • caribou northern quebec lake
  • okavango delta botswana sunset
  • agatha christie room pera palace hotel istanbul
If you've ever dreamed of taking Sal Paradise's epic cross-country journey from "On the Road," or wondered what it would be like to wander the desolate English moors like Heathcliff in "Wuthering Heights," you know how powerfully a story can evoke a sense of place. Many renowned writers, such as Ernest Hemingway and Agatha Christie, traveled widely during their lifetimes and incorporated the places they visited into the books they wrote. Other authors used vivid memories of the regions where they grew up as inspiration for their writing.

Here, we explore the work of nine well-known authors, whose books take readers on a journey through butterfly fields in Oregon, hotel hallways in Istanbul and villages in Botswana. Start the slideshow to see the places that shaped your favorite authors and learn how to follow in their footsteps.

--written by Brittany Chrusciel