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Literary Ohio

Designing our Ohio Author Adventures Trail brought back stories of vintage mill towns, the academic and athletic life of Ohio State University in Columbus, and freezing Cleveland winters, plus vegetable farms producing celery and corn growing profusely.

Ohio’s literary history is rich with stories of immigrants, abolitionists, artists, humorists, and poets, beginning in the mid-19th century.

Our Ohio Author Adventures Trail runs south-north through cities and towns dotted all through the state. Click any link below for author and place information.

A. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Cincinnati
B. Robert McCloskey, Hamilton
C. Paul Laurence Dunbar, Dayton
D. Lois Lenski, Springfield
E. James Thurber, Columbus
F. Zane Grey, Norwich
G. Louis Bromfield, Monroe Township
H. Langston Hughes, Cleveland
I. Harvey Pekar, Cleveland

Cleveland also has a street and a school named for author Charles Chesnutt. Though he lived many years in Cleveland, most of his stories were set in the area of Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he also lived for a time. Read more about him here: Charles Chesnutt in North Carolina.