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NYC's Literary Greats Are Cornerstone of HarperCollins Walking Tour

By Nicole Bode | April 4, 2017 9:37am

Walk in the footsteps of literary greatness.

Harper Lee, Mark Twain, Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright are just a few of the giants of American writing who lived and wrote in the Big Apple — and a new audio-narrated walking tour can take you right up to their former doorsteps.

Publisher HarperCollins has created an interactive walking tour map — with narrated historical background — of great literary destinations across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, in honor of the publishing house's 200th anniversary.

Among the audio tour desinations are the former homes of Richard Wright, author of "Native Son," who got his big break while living at 101 Lefferts Place and 89 Lefferts Place — the latter of which he lived in while finishing "Black Boy."

The sites also include Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain's) former home at 14 West 10th Street in the Village — where he moved at age 64 after living in Europe — and Edna St. Vincent Millay's brief home at 75½ Bedford Street.

"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" author Betty Smith's home at 702 Grand Street in Williamsburg is also on the map, as is "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee's Upper East Side home at 433 East 82nd Street.

The map is below, and to see the audio-interactive map, go here:

HarperCollins Audio Tour Map