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A Map Of Literary America

Live in the U.S. and wonder what type of fiction your region of the country prefers?

Wait no more. Geoff Sawers has taken care of that for you.

This comes from More Intelligent Life via The Literary Gift Company.

It’s a map of the United States broken down by author–both according to where the author was born and the influence they have over a certain region.

And would you look at that? Harper Lee has quite an influence over the part of the country I live in. Maybe that explains why To Kill A Mockingbird is ranked second in my meaningless and totally subjective rankings?

The map features 226 authors, and you can actually order it over at The Literary Gift Company. And, by the way, this is a totally unsponsored post. I just thought it’s a cool idea so I wanted to give this map a little plug.

The Southeast

INTELLIGENT LIFE MAGAZINE NOV/DEC 2012 Map of writer int the shape of America

The Midwest

INTELLIGENT LIFE MAGAZINE NOV/DEC 2012 Map of writer int the shape of America

The Northeast

INTELLIGENT LIFE MAGAZINE NOV/DEC 2012 Map of writer int the shape of America

And a larger version of the entire U.S.

htl-literary-map

Which author covers where you live? (Sorry if the big map is a little fuzzy. That’s the highest resolution I could find.)

Any surprises?

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  1. This is awesome! I was born in WY, but have lived in several different regions of
    the U.S. (all but Southeast). I feel like I could stare at this and analyze all day! But, the first thing that comes to mind is the influence of Hunter S. Thompson when I lived in Colorado.

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    February 13, 2013
  2. Hurray for Wallace Stegner! It seems a lot of these authors are placed geographically according to where they lived and what part of the country they wrote about. I guess we are loyal to these hometown authors.

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    February 13, 2013
  3. Serenity #

    Awesome! How creative!

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    February 13, 2013
  4. Reblogged this on Chaos and Words and commented:
    If you’ve wondered what type of fiction is preferred in your part of the country, look no further. I thought this was pretty nifty, so check it out!

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    February 13, 2013
  5. I think you’ve gotta squeeze Stephen King up in Maine somewhere 😉

    Other than that, though, the map looks right to me. I grew up in New York and Walt Whitman was a big deal. There’s even a mall named after him near where I grew up on Long Island =P

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    February 13, 2013
    • He’s on there! Right on the western edge of Maine.

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      February 13, 2013
      • Oh good call!! Glad he’s on there 😀

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        February 13, 2013
  6. What an excellent map! Love it!

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    February 13, 2013
  7. I love the map, but what I would love even more would be one a bit more… scientific. It sounds like the folks who made the map just put the authors where they thought they should go. It would be more interesting to see a map that shows the regions where authors actually are disproportionately popular. Goodreads or Facebook would probably have the data to produce such a map. (I saw one recently mapping football preferences mined from Facebook.)

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    February 13, 2013
    • Great idea. Now, we just need someone to do it!

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      February 14, 2013
  8. Reblogged this on thejollyrogerrr.

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    February 13, 2013
  9. Serenity #

    Reblogged this on Serenity's Musings.

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    February 13, 2013
  10. highschooledumacation #

    Reblogged this on High School Edumacation.

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    February 13, 2013
  11. Reblogged this on Inspired Freelancing.

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    February 13, 2013
  12. dste #

    Looks like I’m in the area between Lynda Barry and Don Marquis. Never heard of either of them. I still think this map is pretty cool, though!

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    February 13, 2013
  13. Interesting. I live in Larry McMurtry country.

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    February 13, 2013
  14. If Dennis Lehane is up there i’m not seeing him. Huge omission from the Boston area.

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    February 14, 2013
  15. Um, why is the “Midwest” part that you highlighted just a screen shot of Texas? Texas is not midwestern.

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    February 14, 2013
  16. Reblogged this on 1TVNauta 3.0e comentado:
    Um mapa da América literária

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    February 15, 2013
  17. Sissy #

    Death of a Salesman country for me! All right!

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    February 25, 2013
  18. Reblogged this on pulitzerschmulitzer and commented:
    I found Fitzgerald!

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    March 16, 2013

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