After conducting a little research (i.e. ten minutes on Wikipedia), the Literary Man was able to cobble together this brief checklist of Famous Writers from Boston, which includes a few of his favorites. There are surprisingly few from Boston proper, but the list has been expanded to include those from the greater area surrounding Boston, well, okay, all of Massachusetts, really:

  • Jack Keruoac (Lowell, MA)
  • W.E.B. du Bois (Great Barrington, MA)
  • Louisa May Alcott (Concord, MA)
Louisa May Alcott (who is totally not fucking around)
  • Jack Keruoac (Lowell, MA)
  • Horatio Alger, Jr. (Chelsea, MA)
  • Elizabeth Bishop (Worcester, MA)
Elizabeth Bishop at Vassar.
  • Emily Dickinson (Amherst, MA)
  • e.e. cummings (Cambridge, MA)
  • Dr. Seuss (Springfield, MA).
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne (Salem, MA)
Nate Hawthorne says "Harumph!"
  • Sylvia Plath (Boston, MA)
  • Edgar Allan Poe (Boston, MA)
  • Hank Thoreau (Concord, MA)
  • Ralph Emerson (Boston, MA)
  • Sebastian Junger (Belmont, MA)
  • Tom Perrotta (Belmont, MA)
Tom Perrotta, whose movies are probably from pretty good books.
In summary, lots of 19th century peeps, but what’s up with Boston in the 20th and 21st centuries? Falling behind New York City, it seems like. . .