A Writer’s Haven: 5 Authors’ Writing Spaces Reimagined

As bibliophiles can attest, we are all intrigued by the private lives of our favorite authors, often wondering about the ways that they worked creatively, and especially where they chose to write. For many, the choice was obvious, their office or bedroom – a personal space for reflection and inspiration.

At eNotes, we are really interested in embracing creativity and developing tips for success in school and work spaces. Time and time again we encounter articles noting the importance of having an organized, inspiring space to get to work. As we meditate on how to improve our own spaces, we’ve found ourselves wondering how our favorite authors might decorate their offices today. With this in mind, we created today’s blog post: A Writer’s Haven.

We’ve gone through and selected five famous authors from various time periods and have translated their individual preferences into modern takes on their offices. We had a lot of fun putting these together, and we hope you enjoy checking them out and finding inspiration for your own space. Check ’em out below!

Jane Austen:


For Jane’s office we imagined a light and airy space with lots of natural light and creature comforts. We acknowledged her English roots and incorporate a tea pot, because we think that if any of our favorite authors would have had a tea pot in their office, it would have been her. We like to imagine that if Jane were here today, she would be a bit of an introvert, anxious to re-read the great number of books in her built-in bookcase.

Want to learn more about Jane Austen and her writing? Check out this link: http://www.enotes.com/topics/jane-austen

F. Scott Fitzgerald:


We think that good ol’ Fitz would stay true to his Art Deco roots and draw inspiration from Gatsby, so we added lots of pieces with classic deco influences, and incorporated some rather regal accessories to reflect the Jazz Age in which he lived. (Check the desk clock and chandelier, j’adore!)

If you want to learn more about F. Scott Fitzgerald, check out this link to his biography: http://www.enotes.com/topics/f-scott-fitzgerald

Ernest Hemingway:


Hemingway was a world traveler, but he also enjoyed his alone time and the time he spent in the country, because of this, we felt it was important to incorporate both these things when re-imagining his office. By including a map, a travel trunk, and a painting of a ship we think we were properly able to effectively capture his wanderlust.

For more information on Ernest Hemingway and his life, check out this link: http://www.enotes.com/topics/ernest-hemingway

Edgar Allan Poe:


We think that Poe would be a miserable hipster today, living in a seemingly effortlessly cool loft featuring some rather bizarre and morbid art. He would definitely be the guy that carries around an old typewriter, claiming that it makes his writing more authentic (we would call him more pretentious than authentic).

For more information on Edgar Allan Poe and his writing, check out this link: http://www.enotes.com/topics/edgar-allan-poe

Susan Sontag:

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Susan Sontag, Queen of the Bohemians! This space pays homage to her appreciation for the surreal and eclectic things in life. Sontag was one of the most devoted intellectuals of her time. Her office features a portrait taken by  Annie Leibovitz, her long time partner and friend.

For more information on Susan Sontag and her work, check out this link: http://www.enotes.com/topics/susan-sontag

Now that you’ve had a peek into our imaginings of these spaces, drop us a line letting us know what you think, and tell us about your space, and what inspires you!

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