Friday, May 10, 2013


After 9 months of arduous research in books, online and local archives, countless hours of photo-documenting around the Washington area, and more hours of website design, we're happy to announce the next HUMONGOUS update to the DC Writers Homes website.

We've DOUBLED the number of historic DC Authors documented on the site to 203!  Among the new entries there are writers from a huge swath of the city's history.

Famous writers such as: Tallulah BankheadArt BuchwaldKatherine GrahamUlysses S. Grant, and Alice Roosevelt Longworth are featured.

Lesser known gems include:
  • Josiah Henson, whose memoir was the inspiration for Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • proto-graphic novelist Don Marquis(whose house by all rights should not have survived between massive high-rises)
  • Helen Churchill Candee, Titanic survivor and World War I nurse to Ernest Hemingway
  • Spy ring breaker and Bambi translator Whittaker Chambers
We also document more recent literary losses including Maxine CombsCarlos FuentesLarry L. KingAnne TruittGore Vidal and Reed Whittemore.

In addition you'll find new neighborhood pages (where ten or more writers once resided) for Adams Morgan, Capitol Hill, Columbia Heights/Mount Pleasant, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Lafayette Square, Shaw/Logan Circle, and U Street/Striver's Section neighborhoods!

We've also added new categories for writers who were diplomats, musicians, composers, translators, visual artists and spies!

Enjoy and Share the Good News!

1 comment:

  1. What about Frances Hodgson Burnett? I once saw a plaque on a new building noting the site of a house, now gone, but I can't find it again. Downtown about I or H, NW. Also there was a mansion near Dupont Circle and some other row houses.