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Let Us Now Praise Famous Dens

For literary tourists and architectural adventurers, KQED has a guide to several authorial abodes within day-tripping distance. In Carmel-by-the-Sea, poet Robinson Jeffers built Tor House after apprenticing with a stonemason, and set about embedding symbolic unicorns and hawks among the stones. There's John Steinbeck's childhood home, now a restaurant in Salinas, and, up in Sonoma County, Jack London's land in Glen Ellen, where his Albert Farr-designed Wolf House burned down in 1913, just days before he and his wife could move in. [KQED/Photo of Tor House via Wiki Commons]