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Literature: Settings

This page is about the places (or, in a few cases, times – specifically wars) that novels, plays and stories are set in.

Author Title Q: In which ... is (author)'s (title) set? Answer
Jay AnsonThe Amityville Horror (and sequels) State Click to show or hide the answer
Beryl BainbridgeEvery Man for Himself Historical event Click to show or hide the answer
H. E. BatesThe Darling Buds of May English county Click to show or hide the answer
A. J. CroninDr. Finlay stories Fictional town Click to show or hide the answer
Fyodr DostoevskyCrime and Punishment City Click to show or hide the answer
Sir Arthur Conan DoyleThe Hound of the Baskervilles Scenic part of England – now a National Park Click to show or hide the answer
Joseph ConradNostromo Fictional South American republic Click to show or hide the answer
Stephen CraneThe Red Badge of Courage War Click to show or hide the answer
Alexandre DumasThe Count of Monte Cristo State prison (featured in) Click to show or hide the answer
Gerald DurrellMy Family and Other Animals (childhood memoir) Mediterranean island Click to show or hide the answer
Daphne du MaurierJamaica Inn, Frenchman's Creek English county Click to show or hide the answer
Jamaica Inn Moor Click to show or hide the answer
F. Scott FitzGeraldThe Great Gatsby (Setting of Gatsby's mansion) Click to show or hide the answer
E. M. ForsterA Room with a View Italian city (partly) Click to show or hide the answer
John FowlesThe French Lieutenant's Woman English south coast town Click to show or hide the answer
Richard GordonDoctor in the House Fictional hospital Click to show or hide the answer
Winston GrahamPoldark series English county Click to show or hide the answer
Graham GreeneThe Quiet American Country Click to show or hide the answer
Graham GreeneThe Third Man European city Click to show or hide the answer
Graham GreeneThe Comedians Caribbean country Click to show or hide the answer
Ernest HemingwayThe Old Man and the Sea Caribbean country (also where it was written) Click to show or hide the answer
Ernest HemingwayA Farewell to Arms (semi–autobiog novel) War Click to show or hide the answer
Ernest HemingwayFor Whom the Bell Tolls War Click to show or hide the answer
James Herriot('vet' books) Fictional Yorkshire town Click to show or hide the answer
Anthony HopeThe Prisoner of Zenda, Rupert of Henzau Fictional country Click to show or hide the answer
Thomas HughesTom Brown's Schooldays English public school Click to show or hide the answer
Henry JamesThe Aspern Papers City Click to show or hide the answer
Jerome K. JeromeThe Men in a Boat River Click to show or hide the answer
James JoyceUlysses City Click to show or hide the answer
M. M. KayeThe Far Pavilions Country Click to show or hide the answer
D. H. LawrenceThe Plumed Serpent Country Click to show or hide the answer
John le CarreA Small Town in Germany German city Click to show or hide the answer
Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird Fictional "tired old town" in Alabama Click to show or hide the answer
Laurie LeeCider with Rosie (childhood memoirs) English county Click to show or hide the answer
W. Somerset MaughamThe Moon and Sixpence South Sea island Click to show or hide the answer
Stephenie MeyerTwilight series City in Washington state Click to show or hide the answer
L. M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables Canadian island province Click to show or hide the answer
George OrwellNineteen Eighty–Four Fictional "superstate" (one of three) Click to show or hide the answer
Ellis PetersBrother Cadfael stories English town Click to show or hide the answer
Edgar Allan PoeThe Pit and the Pendulum Country Click to show or hide the answer
Mary ShelleyFrankenstein Country (Frankenstein's home country) Click to show or hide the answer
Alexander McCall SmithLadies No. 1 Detective Agency (series) Country Click to show or hide the answer
John SteinbeckCannery Row Californian city Click to show or hide the answer
Dylan ThomasUnder Milk Wood (radio play) Village Click to show or hide the answer
J. R. R. TolkienThe Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings Fictional continent Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Leo TolstoyWar and Peace War (conflict) Click to show or hide the answer
Sue TownsendThe Adrian Mole books Adrian's home town (Leicestershire) Click to show or hide the answer
Mark TwainTom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn Town on the Mississippi (in Missouri state) Click to show or hide the answer
Irvine WelshTrainspotting City Click to show or hide the answer
Thornton WilderThe Bridge of San Luis Rey Country Click to show or hide the answer
Tennessee WilliamsA Streetcar Named DesireUS city Click to show or hide the answer

The final table on this page covers settings that are based on real places, but given fictional names. For example: "In Charlotte Brontë's novel Villette, on which European capital city is Villette based?"

Charlotte BrontëVilletteEuropean capital cityVillette Click to show or hide the answer
George EliotMiddlemarchMidland cityMiddlemarch Click to show or hide the answer
Mrs. GaskellCranfordCheshire townCranford Click to show or hide the answer
Anthony TrollopeBarsetshire NovelsEnglish cityBarchester Click to show or hide the answer

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