August 14, 2008 / 8:54 AM / in 10 years

London named top literary destination

LONDON (Reuters) - London has been named as the world’s top destination for tourists looking for a taste of literature, beating Paris, New York and Rome in a top 10 compiled by a travel website.

Bryan Glennon, 12, views the original manuscript of James Joyce's Ulysses which is displayed in Dublin for the first time at the Chester Beatty Library June 13, 2000. REUTERS/Ferran Paredes

The birthplace of writers such as John Keats and John Donne and the setting for countless novels, London was described as “the home of literature we have spent so much time learning and loving”.

In second place was Stratford-upon-Avon, the picturesque Warwickshire birthplace of Shakespeare and home to the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Edinburgh came third thanks to its mix of historic and contemporary writers. It was home to Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, “Treasure Island” creator Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott, who wrote “Ivanhoe”.

Authors Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith and Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling are all based in the city.

Here are the top 10 literary destinations, compiled by the TripAdvisor ( site’s editors. The name of a famous author linked to the city is in brackets.

1) London (Keats)

2) Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare)

3) Edinburgh (Arthur Conan Doyle)

4) Dublin (James Joyce)

5) New York (Arthur Miller)

6) Concord, Massachusetts (Louisa May Alcott)

7) Paris (Victor Hugo)

8) San Francisco (Allen Ginsberg)

9) Rome (Virgil)

10) St Petersburg (Dostoevsky)

Reporting by Peter Griffiths; editing by Steve Addison

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