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Reading American Cities: Boston in books

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The capital of New England literature offers many a literary guide through its past, present and future. What would you add? Let us know in the comment section and we'll include it in next week's reader-picked list

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Boston, the city that ignited the American war of independence, is inextricable from the work of New England writers. As Linda Barnes joked in a recent detective novel, Lie Down With the Devil, these Massachusetts writers are interwoven into the fabric of the city:

"In the summer of 1960, Boston's West End was bulldozed to rubble When the dust cleared, there was Charles River Park The tall, pale buildings had no ties to New England, so to grab some local flavor, they named the towers after Hawthorne, Whittier, Emerson, Lowell, and Longfellow. I like to imagine those old dead white guys rolling in their graves. Not to mention stogie-smoking Amy Lowell."

"I reached Washington Street at the busiest point, and there I stood and laughed aloud For my life I could not have helped it, with such a mad humor was I moved at the sight of the interminable rows of stores Stores! stores! stores! miles of stores!"

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