Literature Graveyard: Which Cemetery is the Most Literary?
by Gabe Habash
Last month, we posted an article detailing some very strange ways that authors have met their end. The morbid side of literature got us thinking about the final resting places of authors, so we did some research and uncovered the cemeteries that can boast the most about the literary quality of their residents. Read on for more gloom.
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is likely America’s greatest literary cemetery. It’s located in Concord, Massachusetts has an area known as “Author’s Ridge.” The cemetery was dedicated in 1855, when Ralph Waldo Emerson gave its dedication speech.
Notable writer burials: Louisa May Alcott, William Ellery Channing, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Richard Marius, Franklin Benjamin Sanborn, Henry David Thoreau.
Other notable burial: Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial.
Novodevichy Cemetery outside Moscow has over 27,000 buried. Under Soviet reign, it was the second most prestigious cemetery behind the Kremlin Wall Necropolis. Today, only the most symbolic burials still occur there.
Notable writer burials: Mikhail Bulgakov, Anton Chekhov, Nikolai Gogol, Vladimir Mayakovsky.
Other notable burial: Boris Yeltsin.
Montparnasse Cemetery has been around since 1824 and is a big tourist attraction in the Montparnasse quarter of Paris. Since it opened, more than 300,000 people have been buried there, and 1,000 burials happen there every year.
Notable writer burials: Charles Baudelaire, Samuel Beckett, Eugène Ionesco, Guy de Maupassant, Jean-Paul Sartre, Susan Sontag, César Vallejo.
Other notable burial: Émile Durkheim.