Michigan Literary Landmarks


Updated: June 17, 2012

Marguerite de Angeli Branch Library — Lapeer
Honoring Marguerite de Angeli.  Born in Lapeer in 1889, she was one of the best known and most productive
authors and illustrators in American children’s literature.

Idlewild Public Library — Idlewild
Honoring Charles Waddell Chesnutt, W. E. B. DuBois, Langston Hughes and
Zora Neale Hurston who visited the nearby summer resorts
that catered to African Americans.

Curwood Castle — Owosso
This was the writing studio of James Oliver Curwood.  Born in Owosso in 1878 and educated at
the University of Michigan, he became a very well-known action-adventure writer and
conservationist in the first three decades of the Twentieth Century.

Theodore Roethke Home — Saginaw
This is the birthplace of the poet Theodore Roethke. Born in Saginaw in 1908 and educated at
the University of Michigan, Theodore Roethke became a popular American poet winning the
National Book Award for poetry in 1959 and again in 1965.

Marquette County Courthouse — Marquette
In honor of Judge John D. Volker, author of Anatomy of a Murder using the pen name: Robert Traver.

Campus Library of the University of Detroit — Detroit
In honor of the poet, publisher and librarian Dudley Randall.  Born in Washington, D. C. in 1914,
his family moved to Detroit in 1920.  He became a well-known African-American poet,
and in 1965, established a firm in Detroit—The Broadside Press—to publish poetry.


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