City of Ithaca Cemetery

A Literary Walking Tour of Ithaca (Historic Brochure Edition)

City of Ithaca Cemetery

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Ithaca Heritage


This cemetery was visited by White during his undergraduate days. He wrote to his mother of going to town, "through the torturous graveyard, I'll shamble down" and then blames the phrase on "an overabundance of Browning."

Incidentally, cemeteries play a leading role in the work of another author who spent time near this one. Before passing a sabbatical year at 105 Cascadilla Park, William Kennedy began one of his best selling novels with the line: "Riding up the winding road of Saint Agnes Cemetery in the back of a rattling old truck, Francis Phelan became aware that the dead, even more than the living, settled down in neighborhoods."

This point of interest is part of the tour: A Literary Walking Tour of Ithaca (Historic Brochure Edition)


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