A Literary Tour of the East Coast of North America: Taking “the road less travelled”


“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford, USA, image

Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford, USA. Mark Twain said his home in Hartford had “a heart, and a soul, and eyes to see us with, and approvals and solicitudes, and deep sympathies; it was of us, and we are in its confidence, and lived in its grace and in the peace of its benediction.”
“House of Mark Twain” by Makemake at the German language Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

In 1920 American poet Robert Frost stood where “two roads diverged in a yellow wood” and made a decision to take the road “less travelled”. Millions of tourists visit Canada and the USA every year, but few take the more unusual route of seeing those countries through the eyes and words of their greatest writers.

Susannah will lead you in the footsteps of fascinating men and women – laugh with Mark Twain, shut yourself up with Emily Dickinson in her room, walk with Thoreau to Walden Pond, shiver with Anne in the Green Gables Haunted Wood and lunch with Dorothy Parker at the Algonquin Hotel. As you learn about the lives and works of these writers, you will also see the homes where they struggled and wrote, the cemeteries where they were buried, the places they dined at and the houses they put into their novels. Susannah will read poems in the very places where they were written, bring to life scenes from famous novels, and show how each landscape affected the writings of each author. In great museums we will see their original manuscripts, the letters they wrote, personal items, portraits and so much more.

The tour of the north east coast of America was a tremendous learning time, the organisation was perfect and accommodation very comfortable. Susannah’s readings were totally enjoyed especially of Longfellow’s Hiawatha and Peter countered with a lot of history of the area and especially the history of the anti slave agitation and American Civil War. Very satisfied tour participant.” Thea – Literary Tour East Coast of North America, 2012

You will visit simple cottages, grand mansions, graveyards, libraries, museums, nature trails, rural villages and big cities. As well as exploring the world of American literature, you will also encounter great art. American money over the centuries has purchased some of the world’s most famous paintings, now on display in homes and museums. There will be French Impressionists galore, the twentieth-century art of Norman Rockwell, fine furniture, china and sculpture to admire. You will also fully experience the glories of the landscape as we take scenic drives, see great rivers and waterfalls, farmlands and forests. And throughout there will be connections with the past, and not just with the literary past – we will visit places connected with early Dutch settlement, the American Revolution, the Civil War and the Great Depression. Shakers and Puritans, the New York elite of Edith Wharton’s fiction, the hard lives of colonial families and the work of farmers will all be sought out and discussed, helping us discover American society through the ages.

A tour reading list is supplied in plenty of time before the trip so you can enjoy re-reading childhood favourites such as Tom Sawyer and Little Women, get to know new authors, and discover poets and novelists in preparation for the journey.

 Praise for Susannah Fullerton’s tours – click here.

For full details of Susannah’s tours contact Australians Studying Abroad, ph. 1800 645755 or info@asatours.com.au