There are many amazingly written books that have captured people’s minds over the centuries. And, of course, these books are based around interesting locations and settings. The Harvard Club, for example, is a key location in the classic American Psycho. A place where snooty, well-to-do folks hang out, drinking expensive spirits and bragging about their accomplishments. But did you know that the Harvard Club is a real place you can actually visit?
Of course, the Harvard Club in real life may not be home to insidious murders, real or imagined. Either way, you can visit the Harvard Club, and see if it lives up to how you imagined it in the book. There are other locations used in books that actually exist, so lets take a look at a few of the more notable ones.
Catcher In The Rye
Catcher in the Rye is one of the more famous books in recent times, even if for all the wrong reasons. It was said that the book was the inspiration for the not only the murder of John Lennon, but also the assassination of Kennedy. Either way, the book is well loved, and considered a literary classic.
There are a number of real world New York locations mentioned in the book, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the ice skating rink at the Rockefeller Centre, and Grand Central Station. These locations all really exist, and can be visited.
The Devil Wears Prada
Telling the story of an average modern woman who lands a high stress job, The Devil Wears Prada says a few very interesting things about the fashion industry. Namely that it plays a much bigger part in our lives than we care to admit.
The story mostly takes place in and around Madison Avenue, in the heart of New York City. Known for being home to a few very swanky stores and apartment buildings, the location was the perfect setting for the book. You may see a few personal assistants in mad rushes for their bosses, which is the basis of the story, and if you’re feeling flush, or you’ve recently won big at an online casino you may even be able to pop in to some of the famous stores and nab yourself a designer outfit!
The Great Gatsby
Well known and loved, The Great Gatsby is a story of excessive luxury, dark secrets, and unforeseen consequence. Although written way back in the 20s, the book has survived and remains popular today, which stands as testimony to how long the life of an exceptional book can be.
Nick Carraway, the main character, visits a number of real world locations throughout the story, including The Yale Club, The Plaza Hotel, and the Financial District. All these locations are real, and still around today for visitors to explore.
The Nanny Diaries
The Nanny Diaries is perhaps not as well known as the other books on this list, but is still well known and loved. The book takes a hard, sometimes comedic, sometimes serious look at the lives of upper class families living in New York City. Plus, contrasts it with a look at the lives of the nanny’s that care for often-neglected upper class children.
Taking place in New York, the book makes liberal mention of a number of well-known landmarks. The Museum of Natural History, however, is one of the main locations focused on. And yes, it really exists, and is accurate to the book’s descriptions. As one of the biggest museums in the world of it’s kind, the location is worth a visit, even if you haven’t read The Nanny Diaries.