Thursday, August 19, 2010

Take the Literary St. Louis Walking Tour of the Central West End

Posted By on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 8:31 AM

This week's Riverfront Times explores our city's literary history. Check back throughout the week for online-only maps and articles supplementing this week's cover story.

Why did so many St. Louis writers live in or near the Central West End? Sure it's a swell place to live, but real estate is expensive there. Does one have to be rich to be a great writer, or have rich parents? A question to ponder as you admire all those lovely brick homes along this literary St. Louis walking tour. (Start at the Central West End Metrolink stop.) Or you could follow the example of countless local writers and belly up to the bar at Duff's where the magazine River Styx has been hosting readings for the past 35 years.

Special thanks to Lorin Cuoco and William H. Gass, whose book Literary St. Louis: A Guide was invaluable in putting this map together.


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