Chicago’s new American Writers Museum has given the nation a fitting centre to celebrate the influence of its literature, and with Hemingway’s birthplace also in town, the city makes for a great literary trip

Admirers of the great American novel have a treat in store, as the first museum devoted to US writers opened in Chicago in mid-May.

Seven years in the making, the $5m American Writers Museum (adult $12, child free, open Tues-Sun) offers an entertaining and sometimes surprising tour through the whole tradition, from early colonists to modernists such as Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. Along the way visitors can learn about their rackety lives and wonderful words, and just how the US has seen itself over the years.

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Source: The Guardian

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