Map Index

Street and River Names
Albee StreetEdward Albee (b. 1928) is a playwright known for works such as “The Sandbox” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Alcott StreetLouisa May Alcott (1832-1888) was a novelist and poet best known as the author of the novels Little Women and its sequels Little Men and Jo’s Boys.

Anderson DriveSherwood Anderson (1876-1941) was a novelist and short story writer. His most enduring work is the short-story sequence Winesburg, Ohio, which launched his career.

Angelou BoulevardMaya Angelou (1928-2014) was a poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She is best known for her seven autobiographies, beginning with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Bach StreetRichard Bach (b. 1936) is a writer widely known as the author of the 1970s best-sellers Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah.

Baldwin StreetJames Baldwin (1924-1987) was a novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic best known for his first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain.

Bellow CreekSaul Bellow (1915-2005), author of such novels as The Adventures of Augie March and Humboldt’s Gift, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award (a record three times) and the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Berry StreetWendell Berry (b. 1934) is a writer and environmental activist who has authored more than thirty books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

Bradbury StreetRay Bradbury (1920-2012) was a fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery fiction author known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 as well as story collections such as The Martian Chronicles.

Bradstreet DriveAnne Bradstreet (1612-1672), author of The Tenth Muse, Lately Sprung Up in America and numerous other works, was the most prominent of early North American poets and the first female writer in the colonies to be published.

Buck StreetPearl S. Buck (1892-1973) won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Good Earth and was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Bukowski StreetCharles Bukowski (1920-1994) was the author of more than sixty books, more than forty of them poetry collections, about the depravities of urban life and the plight of poor Americans.

Burroughs StreetEdgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) was a science fiction and fantasy writer best known for his Tarzan series and his Barsoom stories depicting the Mars adventurer John Carter.

Bulter StreetOctavia E. Butler (1947-2006) was an award winning science fiction writer, the first in her genre to receive a MacArthur Fellowship.

Capote StreetTruman Capote (1924-1984) was a novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and actor, best known for his novels Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood.

Cather StreetWilla Cather (1873-1947), who wrote chiefly about immigrant and pioneer women, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1923 for One of Ours.

Clemens LaneSamuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) (1835-1910) is best known for his novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The latter is often called the first Great American Novel and many consider Twain to be the father of American literature.

Crichton StreetMichael Crichton (1942-2008) was a science fiction and thriller writer best known for his novels The Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park.

Cummings StreetE. E. Cummings (1894-1962), author of some 2,900 poems, is considered one of the pillars of modern American literature.

Dickinson StreetEmily Dickinson (1830-1886) was a prolific poet and a recluse whose main body of work was published after her death. She is widely regarded, along with Walt Whitman, as one of the creators of a distinctive American poetic voice.

Doctorow StreetE. L. Doctorow (1931-2015) was an influential historical novelist whose best known works include Ragtime and Billy Bathgate.

Eliot StreetT. S. Eliot (1888-1965), who first won acclaim with “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” was one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948.

Ellison StreetRalph Ellison (1913-1994) was a writer and scholar best known for his novel Invisible Man, which won the National Book Award in 1953.

Emerson RoadRalph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was an influential essayist, lecturer, and poet best known for his essays “Nature” and “The American Scholar.” He mentored Henry David Thoreau.

Ferlinghetti RiverLawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919) is a poet and activist who published many of the “Beat” writers of the 1950s, including Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. His poetry collection A Coney Island of the Mind was a bestseller.

Fitzgerald StreetF. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) was one of the most influential novelists and short story writers of the twentieth century. He is best known for his Jazz Age novel The Great Gatsby.

Frost StreetRobert Frost (1874-1963), a poet celebrated for his command of American colloquial speech, served as U.S. Poet Laureate and won the Pulitzer Prize four times.

Geisel StreetTheodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) (1904-1991) was a children’s book author famous for such stories as The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. He is the most popular children’s book author of all time, having sold over 600 million copies of his books in his lifetime.

Hammett StreetDashiell Hammett (1894-1961) was author of The Maltese Falcon, inventor of the character Sam Spade, and “dean” of hard-boiled detective novels.

Hawthorne StreetNathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was a novelist and short story writer of “dark romanticism” best known for his 1850 novel The Scarlet Letter.

Heinlein StreetRobert A. Heinlein (1907-1988), author of Stranger in a Strange Land and numerous other novels and short stories, won nine Hugo awards and is known as “the dean of science fiction writers.”

Hinton StreetS. E. Hinton (b. 1948) is an author best known for her young adult novels, especially The Outsiders, which she wrote in high school.

Hoagland StreetTony Hoagland (1953-2018) was an award winning and widely published poet and writer whose signature collection, What Narcissism Means to Me, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Hughes RoadLangston Hughes (1902-1967) was a poet, writer, and social activist best known for his “jazz poetry” and his association with the Harlem Rennaissance.

Jackson StreetShirley Jackson (1916-1965) was a novelist and short story writer who autored “The Lottery,” one of the most famous short stories in the American lexicon.

James StreetHenry James (1843-1916), a key figure of 19th century literary realism, was a prolific author and critic best known for his novels The Portrait of a Lady, The Turn of the Screw, and The Wings of the Dove.

Kerouac StreetJack Kerouac (1922-1969), novelist and poet, is considered the father of the Beat movement. He is best known for his novel On the Road and for his influence on 1960s countercultural literature and music.

King StreetStephen King (b. 1947) is the author of dozens of books, primarily in horror, science fiction, and fantasy, that have sold hundreds of millions of copies worldwide. He is the recipient of numerous awards and is considered one of the most influential genre writers of all time.

Lahiri StreetJhumpa Lahiri (b. 1967) is a Man Booker and National Book Award nominee, and recipient of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for her debut short story collection Interpreter of Maladies.

Lee StreetHarper Lee (1926-2016) is best known for her novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and immediately became an American classic. An early draft of Mockingbird was published shortly before her death as Go Set a Watchman.

Le Guin StreetUrsula K. Le Guin (b. 1929) is a multiple award-winning fantasy and science fiction novelist and short story writer, considered by many to be the greatest living writer in her genre. In 2014 she was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Levine StreetPhilip Levine (1928-2015) was an poet whose work was influenced by his early years in working class Detroit. He won two National Book Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, and served as Poet Laureate of the United States.

Lewis StreetSinclair Lewis (1885-1951) became an overnight success with his eighth novel, Main Street. A later novel, Arrowsmith, won the Pulitzer Prize. In 1930 he became the first American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.

London StreetJack London (1876-1916) was one of the first commercially successful fiction writers. He is best known for his stories set during the Klondike gold rush, especially The Call of the Wild and White Fang.

Mailer StreetNorman Mailer (1923-2007) gained fame at age 25 with his debut novel The Naked and the Dead and went on to win a National Book Award and two Pulitzer Prizes, including one for The Executioner’s Song.

McCarthy StreetCormac McCarthy (b. 1933) is widely considered one of the most influential living writers. He has received a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, a National Book Critics Circle Award, and many other honors. His best known novels are All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, and The Road.

McCullers StreetCarson McCullers (1917-1967) was a “southern gothic” writer who experienced overnight success with her first novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

Melville StreetHerman Melville (1819-1891) was a novelist who capitalized on his five years as a sailor with Moby-Dick and other seafaring tales. Now a staple of the American literary classroom, his later books, including Moby-Dick, sold poorly during his lifetime, and he turned to poetry.

Michener StreetJames A. Michener authored numerous bestsellers centered upon specific geographic locations and characterized by meticulous research. He won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Tales of the South Pacific.

Mitchell StreetMargaret Mitchell (1900-1949) published one novel in her lifetime, Gone With the Wind, for which she won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

Morrison StreetToni Morrison (1931-2019) was a writer and retired professor best known for her novel Beloved, which won the both the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award. She received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993.

Oates StreetJoyce Carol Oates (b. 1938) has won the National Book Award and two O. Henry Awards and is a five-time Pulitzer Prize finalist.

O’Connor StreetFlannery O’Connor (1925-1964) is best known as a short story writer. Her Complete Stories won the National Book Award in 1972.

Plath StreetSylvia Plath (1932-1963) is best known for her confessional poetry and her autobiographical novel The Bell Jar. She committed suicide in 1963. Her Collected Poems won the 1982 Pulitzer Prize.

Poe StreetEdgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was one of the most influential writers in American history. Primarily a poet and short story writer, he contributed substantially to the horror and mystery genres. The Edgar Award is named after him.

Porter StreetKatherine Anne Porter (1890-1980) received critical acclaim as a short story writer. Her Collected Stories won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1966.

Rand StreetAyn Rand (1905-1982) was the controversial founder of the Objectivist movement. Her published works include The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.

Roth StreetPhilip Roth (1933-2018) was a critically acclaimed novelist who won a Pulitzer Prize (four nominations), two National Book Awards (six nominations), two NBCC Awards (seven nominations), and three PEN/Faulkner Awards, among many other honors.

Salinger BoulevardJ. D. Salinger (1919-2010) earned overnight success with one of the most influential novels in American history, The Catcher in the Rye, after which he led a private life and eventually became a recluse.

Sandburg StreetCarl Sandburg (1878-1967) was a writer who earned distinction in history, biography, fiction, and even music, but is chiefly celebrated as a poet. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize three times.

Saroyan StreetWilliam Saroyan (1908-1981) was an influential fiction writer and playwright who won a Pulitzer Prize for his play “The Time of Your Life.”

Sinclair StreetUpton Sinclair (1878-1968) was a progressive and prolific author who won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel Dragon’s Teeth but is best known as the author of The Jungle.

Singer StreetIsaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991) was a Polish-born author who wrote only in Yiddish. He received two National Book Awards and the 1978 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Styron StreetWilliam Styron (1925-2006) was a novelist best known for The Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie’s Choice, which won, respectively, The Pulitzer Prize and The National Book Award.

Thoreau StreetHenry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was a writer, activist, and environmentalist universally regarded as having lived before his time. Walden and “Civil Disobedience” are his best known works.

Updike RoadJohn Updike (1932-2009) was a writer and poet best known for his Rabbit Angstrom novels, two of which won The Pulitzer Prize.

Vidal StreetGore Vidal (1925-2012) was a political commentator and essayist and the author of several popular works of historical fiction including Burr and Lincoln.

Walker StreetAlice Walker (b. 1944) is a poet and writer best known for her novel The Color Purple, which won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

Warren StreetRobert Penn Warren (1905-1989) was a poet and novelist and the only writer to win Pulitzer Prizes in both fiction, for All the King’s Men, and poetry, for Promises: Poems 1954-1956 and Now and Then. Promises also won a National Book Award.

Wharton StreetEdith Wharton (1862-1937) was an author best known for her portrayals of the Gilded Age. She was the first female recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, for her novel The Age of Innocence.

Wilder StreetThornton Wilder (1897-1975) won three Pulitzer Prizes, for his novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and for the plays “Our Town” and “The Skin of Our Teeth,” as well as a National Book Award for his novel The Eighth Day.

Uris StreetLeon Uris (1924-2003) was a hugely successful novelist during the second half of the 20th century. He achieved his first commercial success with Exodus in 1958.

Vonnegut DriveKurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) was an influential novelist known for his satirical style and for merging science fiction elements into his stories. His notable works include Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions.

Wallace LaneDavid Foster Wallace (1962-2008) was a writer known for his sardonic wit and experiments with style best exemplified by his novel Infinite Jest.

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