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, besides the stops that are open to the public, can read more at baltimoreauthors.ubalt.edu/writers of the Baltimore Literary Heritage Project. The locations identified on the baltimoreauthors.ubalt.edu website are not all open to the public but they serve as a tribute to the writers who once lived in Maryland’s historic capitol.
Baseball fans can add a stop at the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, which is close to the Edgar Allan Poe house. Discover more about it at baberuthmuseum.org. Before going, consider reading one of the best baseball books of all time. See a list of possibilities at huffingtonpost.com.
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