A Little Country Village: Litkicks Mystery Spot #3

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Enough with all the literary deaths and shootings. The green and idyllic small town above, captured in an aerial shot via Google Maps, once nurtured a writer currently acknowledged as one of the greatest of all time. This writer is both wildly popular with bookbuying audiences and highly respected by the most severe literary critics. Unfortunately, the writer did not live long enough to enjoy this universal acclaim.

It feels significant to look from above at this little country village, not only because it was this writer's hometown, but also because it must have provided much of the the setting for the writer's great novels. It all happened right here -- on these streets and roads, in these homes and manors and churches and estates.

Who is this writer, and what is the name of this small town? As always, please post your answer as a comment, and I will not publish any of the comments until tomorrow evening, when I reveal the answer.

UPDATE: thanks to a helpful (though still unpublished) comment from Liz, I now realize that the original image on this page showed a different village with the same name as the village I am describing. Both villages are remarkably close to each other and look rather similar from the air. The image above has been replaced and is now correct.

UPDATE #2: The answer to the question has been posted here.

This article is part of the series Litkicks Mystery Spot. The next post in the series is Steventon, Hampshire, England: Where Jane Austen Grew. The previous post in the series is No. 1 Rue Des Brasseurs: Verlaine and Rimbaud.
13 Responses to "A Little Country Village: Litkicks Mystery Spot #3"

by Mary Sands Woodbury on

I'm guessing John Keats who died young, age 25, and Enfield, Middlesex (UK) as the town above.

by TKG on

Let's guess Steventon, Hampshire, England.

by lisa on

although your use of the word 'manor' should deter me, i'm going to humbly guess the henry james house in east hampton, ny.........

by winosapiens on

Jane Austen's Chawton in Hampshire, England?

by Levi Asher on

Okay, the first four guesses have come in: two are correct and two are not. Good, I was hoping I'd make this not too hard and not too easy. Keep 'em coming!

by Nardo on

Is it Jane Austen?

by BaIn on

The writer's name is Jane Austen and her hometown is Steventon.

by Logan on

I'm going to say Kerouac and Lowell...maybe?

by Faith on

Jane Austen - Chawton

by Levi Asher on

Thanks all for the good answers. And thanks Liz for the correction -- the above image is now correct.

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