One crisp Fall morning, a man walked out to the barn on his North Brooklin farm. Upon swinging open the barn door and entering the building, the man noticed a spider web. This was nothing new, spider webs are commonplace in barns. But something about the intricacy of the web and the way it played off the morning light sparked something in this man’s imagination. The man was E.B. White, and what he imagined was the beloved story, “Charlotte’s Web.”
White was not alone in calling the state home. Maine was the birthplace of Henry Woodsworth Longfellow, who famously wrote the poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.” Poet and playwright, Edna St. Vincent Millay spent her formative years in Camden, during which time she began writing the poems that would garner her literary success. Though not a Maine native, essayist, philosopher, and naturalist, Henry David Thoreau spent large amounts of time exploring the Maine woods. Thoreau, in fact even wrote a book simply titled, “The Maine Woods.”
Today, master of horror, Stephen King calls Bangor his home, but plenty of other talented writers reside in the State. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo resides in Camden, as does award-winning author, Tess Gerritsen.
In fact, Maine has long been a refuge for artists of a wide variety of disciplines. Painters Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, musician Ray Lamontagne, and actor John Travolta all have roots in the State.