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The Hub of Literary America

Literary Series

The Hub of Literary America

Journey to Victorian Boston and see where writers and poets including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott and Henry David Thoreau gathered to share new ideas and influence society!

Learn how local publishers lured Charles Dickens and other famous writers to Boston.

Discover why Edgar Allan Poe rejected Boston as his home.

On this fascinating guided tour, walk in the footsteps of literary greats as you stop outside the Old Corner Bookstore, Louisa May Alcott’s home, the famous Athenaeum private library, and more.

2023 Member Add-Ons:

Register for the tour on select dates using your membership code for a free tour Add-On option available to members

- Sat May 20 add on a guided visit to the Edgar Allan Poe Sculpture after the tour
- Sat Sept 30 add on a guided visit to the Edgar Allan Poe Sculpture after the tour

Become a Boston By Foot member today to enjoy free tours and special members events and activities.

tour duration

90 minutes

tour distance

1 mile

tour terrain level 3

likely uneven surfaces and significant inclines

Starting Location

Meet your guide in the plaza at School and Washington Streets, between Walgreens and the Irish Famine Memorial.

Finding Your Guide: All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Boston By Foot Walking Tours.”

Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: State (Blue & Orange Lines)

Ending Location

This tour ends in the general area of Boston Common.

Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: Park Street (Green & Red Lines)