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The Maryland Author Adventures Trail features four writers who carried tremendous influence. Rachel Carson, H.L. Mencken, Ogden Nash, and Edgar Allan Poe were all successful during their own time and remain so today.

Carson was years ahead of her time as a science writer who introduced the idea of taking care of our environment when it was not a popular choice.

H.L. Mencken’s opinions could make or break careers of writers.

Edgar Allan Poe was a pioneer in American gothic tales — the kind of stories that make you lose sleep because you could swear you hear someone else’s heart beating (or is that yours?).

Ogden Nash’s poetry is endearing and covers a wide range of subjects.

Readers who are especially interested in learning about literary Baltimore can read more at Some of the locations on their list are private residences and not open to the public but all represent major writers.

Baseball and literary heritage fans are sometimes the same people and can stop at the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, which is close to the Edgar Allan Poe house. Discover more about it at Before going, consider reading the best baseball books of all time. See a list of possibilities at

Click any link below for author and place information.

A. Ogden Nash, Baltimore
B. H.L. Mencken, Baltimore (in development)
C. Edgar Allan Poe, Baltimore
D. Rachel Carson, Silver Spring and Olney

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