Happy Patriots’ Day to you, Boston. If you’re running the marathon (which if you are, what on EARTH are you doing reading this? Keep going!), the best of luck! If not, here’s a more leisurely way to get moving: a literary guide to the city.

Harvard Yard: 2 Kirkland Street at the corner of Oxford Street
Henry James, The Bostonians

Boston Public Library: 700 Boylston Street, between Dartmouth and Exeter
Eleanor H. Porter, Pollyanna Grows Up

Ticknor, Fields & Co.: 124 Tremont Street
Matthew Pearl, The Dante Club 

Parker House Hotel: 60 School Street, corner of Tremont Street
Annie Fields, Memories of a Hostess

150 Newbury Street between Dartmouth and Exeter streets
H.P. Lovecraft, Pickman’s Model

Boston Athenaeum: 10 ½ Beacon Street
John P. Marquand, The Late George Apley

Scollay Square (now Government Center): corner of Tremont and Court Street
Sam Savage, Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife

The Phoenix Club: 72 Mt. Auburn Street
Ben Mezrich, The Accidental Billionaires

Boston Public Garden: Arlington and Boylston streets
E.B. White, The Trumpet of the Swan

Mt. Vernon and Charles streets
Robert McCloskey, Make Way For Ducklings

(We’re at 83 Newbury Street.)

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