|Rose Reading Room at NYPL by Alex Proimos via Fotopedia|
|Photo from The Morgan Library and Museum|
Allan Poe, Mark Twain and Herman Melville, and
several classic early children’s books. In 1998, a major gift to the library added The Carter Burden Collection of American
Literature, adding to their collection works by authors such as Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Vladimir Nabokov,
Gertrude Stein, and Tennessee Williams. Don’t miss the spectacular multi-tiered East Room Library pictured above.
|Photo of White Horse Tavern, via Wikimedia Commons|
|Photo of Hotel Chelsea by Jason Kuffer via Fotopedia|
Although currently closed for renovations, no literary tour would be complete without a stop at the infamous Hotel Chelsea (222 West 23rd Street), home of countless writers as well as musicians, artists and actors. This is where Dylan Thomas died after his drinking at the White Horse. It has been home to Mark Twain, O Henry, Arthur C. Clarke, Arthur Miller, Gore Vidal, Tennessee Williams, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac (who wrote On The Road while living there), Thomas Wolfe, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Paul Sartre and many other great writers. Rocker and writer Patti Smith memorialized here time living at The Chelsea with artist Robert Mapplethorpe in her recent memoir Just Kids.