Author Audio Tour
“In New York you are your own person. You may reach out and embrace all of Manhattan in sweet aloneness, or you can go to hell if you want to.”—Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman
In 2017, HarperCollins Publishers celebrates its 200th anniversary. The company was founded in New York City by brothers James and John Harper, and NYC is where many of the bestselling, renowned HarperCollins authors found both shelter and inspiration. Zora Neale Hurston, Harper Lee, Richard Wright, and Betty Smith, to name a few, all lived and wrote in the Big Apple, a place that could either “destroy an individual, or it can fulfill him, depending a good deal on luck,” according to E. B. White.
Click the numbers on the map
to take an audio listening tour of New York
City, where talented HarperCollins authors lived and wrote, including
Mark Twain, who described the city this way: “I have at last, after
several months' experience, made up my mind that it is a splendid
desert—a domed and steeped solitude, where the stranger is lonely in
the midst of a million of his race.”
4 Gramercy Park West
James Harper, one of the founders of HarperCollins Publishers, pioneered practices that would soon be a part of every American publishing house.
14 West 10th Street
Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, moved to this address at the age of 64 after spending 9 years in Europe.
Zora Neale Hurston:
43 West 66th Street
Zora Neale Hurston, author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, arrived in Manhattan in 1925 after a short story she wrote received an award from Opportunity magazine.
702 Grand Street
Betty Smith, best known for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, was born in Williamsburg.
433 East 82nd Street
Although she was born in Monroeville, Alabama, the real-life counterpart to Maycomb in To Kill A Mockingbird, at age 23, Harper Lee moved to New York City to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer.
Edna St. Vincent Millay:
75½ Bedford Street
Although poet Edna St. Vincent Millay only resided at 75½ Bedford Street between 1923 and 1924, she is the person most associated with the address.
101 Lefferts Place &
89 Lefferts Place, Brooklyn
Richard Wright, author of Black Boy and Native Son, moved to Brooklyn in 1937 and soon after, Harper & Brothers decided to publish his first short story collection, Uncle Tom’s Children.
29 West 9th Street
During the 1960s, Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are, lived in a duplex apartment at 29 West 9th Street in Greenwich Village.