The Most “Literary” Cemeteries in the World

Even if it sounds a bit morbid, some people are into visiting the graves of famous people. Well, there are some cemeteries who have quite the “collection” of famous authors buried there.

In Massachusetts there’s the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Some of the authors interred there:

Henry David Thoreau

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Novodevichy Cemetery is a cemetery in Moscow, one which during the Soviet Regime was the second most famous, behind only the one situated in the Kremlin.

Some of the tombstones to be found there belong to:

Mikhail Bulgakov

Nikolai Gogol

Anton Chekhov

Created from three farms in 1824, the Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris is the final resting place for a number of famous authors, including:

Samuel Beckett

Jean Paul-Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir

Julio Cortazar


Père Lachaise Cemetery is also situated in Paris. It’s also rumored to be the most visited graveyard in the world. There you can find the tombs of:

Marcel Proust

Oscar Wilde

Also in Paris, there’s the Panthéon, a mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens.

Victor Hugo

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Then there’s Westminister Abbey’s Poet’s Corner. The first poet interred there was Geoffrey Chaucer all the way back in 1400. And the tradition kept on until this very day.

Rudyard Kipling

Thomas Hardy

Charles Dickens

11 thoughts on “The Most “Literary” Cemeteries in the World

  1. I was researching Putney Vale cemetary, in London, and was astonished at who is buried there:
    Putney Vale Cemetery
    Is it the non-denominational nature of the site, but this cemetery plays hosts to many other luminaries, besides Alexander Kerensky?
    You will find there Nyree Dawn Porter; a Doctor Who (no, they don’t all regenerate); Antony Blunt, soviet-era spy and master of the Queens Pictures; Ivy Compton-Burnett; Howard Carter, Egyptologist; Jacob Epstein….

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