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What a great post! I'd like to suggest another famous writer's hut. German philosopher Martin Heidegger retreated regularly to a cabin in the Black Forest where he composed many of his most prominent phenomenological works. One of his most widely read essays, "Building Dwelling Thinking" (essential reading for anyone interested in place, dwelling and ideas about home), is most obviously connected to his cabin. As a bonus, here's an online text of the essay:

For an exploration of the importance of this cabin to Heidegger's work, see also Adam Sharr's book Heidegger's Hut (MIT Press, 2006).

Another book hut-lovers might want to check out is Anne Cline's A Hut of One's Own: Life Outside the Circle of Architecture (MIT Press, 1997).

Oh, and Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space. Not about huts as such but reveals many of the reasons we love them!

Famous Writers' Small Writing Sheds and Off-the-Grid Huts
3/8/11 06:22 AM