“Houses, much like people, have a public and a private identity…” Elizabeth Brooks on the way old houses stimulate the novelist’s imagination. I note that all the examples of writers inspired by old houses Brooks offers–Agatha Christie, Charlotte Brontë, Daphne du Maurier–are women. Is it the tradition/expectation/training of domesticity that leads women to find inspiration in old houses, fascination in the hidden places in houses. Brooks mentions attics. Cellars, hidden rooms, closets offer potential as well.
Source: On the Undeniable Lure of the Historic Literary Home ‹ Literary Hub