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5 Gorgeous Real-Life Destinations That Inspired Your Favorite Books

05/13/2014 07:42 am ET | Updated May 13, 2014

In a letter to Nelson Algren, Simone de Beauvoir once wrote, "I'm just leaving for Antibes. I am dreaming of sun, silence, and time to work."

While dreary, dark studies are the work-ethic norm for some writers, sun seems to be an important factor for many others. Writers, it turns out, can thrive in vacation destinations, often citing the sun and the natural beauty as heavenly inspiration. The below sunny destinations, for example, have seen more than their fair share of literary greatness, serving as important muses or respites for some of our favorite writers.

On paper, Hawaii, the South of France, Thailand, Florida and the Caribbean don't have much in common, but their beauty, their beaches, and their unique local communities have been captured as timeless classics in the minds and words of these writers.

Hawaii

michener

descendents

twain

Côte d'Azur

tender

colette

gallienne

Thailand

bangkok

rice paddies

beach

Florida

updike chomp

key west hemingway

The Caribbean

san juan

st johns

caribbean islands

Where do you find inspiration? Let us know in the comments section below.

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