Riot with a Pen: American Women Writers
September 16-21 2018
Led by Sue Monk Kidd, Patricia Sinnott and Ann Kidd Taylor
~A Pathway Tour~
"Every few weeks she would shut herself up in her room, put on her scribbling suit,
and fall into a vortex… writing away at her novel with all her heart and soul.”
Jo in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Join us on an inspiring journey in New England that explores the lives and writings of Abigail Adams, Louisa May Alcott, Emily Dickinson, Edith Wharton, and Edna St. Vincent Millay—five extraordinary American writers whose poems, novels, and letters have left their searing marks upon the American literary landscape.
At the homestead sites of Abigail Adams, known as the feminist conscience of the founding fathers, we will delve into the First Lady’s candid, often passionate letters. “My pen runs riot,” she wrote to her husband, John. In historic Concord we will delight in a visit to Orchard House, home of Louisa May Alcott, which served as the inspiration and setting for Little Women. On famous Author’s Ridge, we’ll pay tribute at Alcott’s grave along with the graves of Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Emily Dickinson’s startling and soulful poems and her life as a poet will come alive as we visit her home in Amherst and discover the restrictive world in which she was hidden. In Lenox prepare to be entranced by The Mount, the stunning home of Edith Wharton, where we’ll have lunch on her terrace overlooking the exquisite formal gardens designed by Wharton herself. At Edna St. Vincent Millay’s home, Steepletop, in Austerlitz, NY, we’ll discover a life and work that came to tyypify the modern, liberated woman as represented in Millay’s famous line of poetry, “My candle burns at both ends.”
Abigail, Louisa, Emily, Edith, and Edna each put on her “scribbling suit” and rioted with a pen in her own brilliant way. As we follow in their footsteps, we will be stirred by their powerful voices and perhaps surprised by their private struggles, rebellions, and eccentricities. Whether you seek to be inspired by American women writers, or you’re in search of your own “scribbling suit,” or you simply wish for the joy of being part of a unique community of women, come with us as we travel through charming New England towns, the beautiful Berkshires, and the woods of Austerlitz, NY in quest of literary genius.
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Sue Monk Kidd is the author of three novels: The Secret Life of Bees, The Mermaid Chair, and The Invention of Wings, as well as several memoirs, including When the Heart Waits, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, and Traveling with Pomegranates, co-authored with Ann Kidd Taylor.
See also: Suemonkkidd.com
Patricia Sinnott is the founder and Director of Pathway Tours. She has led more than 25 tours since 1998. This is her seventh tour with her good friend, Sue. A lover of both history and art, she enjoys introducing travelers to the challenges and delights of exploration.
Ann Kidd Taylor is the author of The Shark Club and with her mother, Sue Monk Kidd, she co-authored Traveling with Pomegranates. See also AnnKiddTaylor.com
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