Maine as literary material

  The Harriet Beecher Stowe House, in Brunswick, Maine. That's where she wrote  Uncle Tom's Cabin , in 1850-5 2.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe House, in Brunswick, Maine. That's where she wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin, in 1850-52.

"In a way, I'm very interested in writing about Maine, because I think Maine represents its own kind of history. It's the oldest state {in average of residents}, and it's the whitest state.''

-- Elizabeth Strout, a novelist and native of Maine,  whose culture is the basis of much of her writing. She now divides her time between New York City and Brunswick, Maine, best known as the site of Bowdoin College. Her best known book is Olive Kittredge, set in a small town in The Pine Tree State.

Check out  nearby  gorgeous Harpswell, on Casco Bay. The town includes a wonderful seafood restaurant called Cook's.

  On Lookout Point, Harpswell.

On Lookout Point, Harpswell.