Thursday, January 14, 2010

[UPDATED!] Whose House Is This? Seventeenth Entry


Today we have the seventeenth entry in our ongoing series: Whose House is This? This one is pretty obscure, so we'll start off with a hint: Not a politician this time. A well-regarded author.

[Update: This one seems to have my "astoot" readers stumped. So let's up the ante. Guess Whose House, and win a free Super Ten Finger Stepper from Sippican Cottage Furniture, in your choice of colors. You can guess as many times as you like, but only one name per comment, please]

Whose House?

29 comments:

Andy said...

It smacks of the midwest to me, and I was thinking of America's favorite Hoosier, Kurt Vonnegut

Anonymous said...

Hoo boy, I get to play.

Hmmm......must approach this logically (and quickly find a way to cheat!)

Cedar trees. Snow. Wooded ridge running in the back.

Looks kinda western North Carolina/eastern Tennessee-ish to me, 'cept for the fact that is too much snow for that area. But it depends on when the picture was taken. NC/TN could get that much snow, but it wouldn't happen with any consistency. Damn unknowns, blasted variables.....

I'd immediately go all in with Pulitzer Prize winner and master of the biographical form, Douglas Freeman, but that's way to obscure, even for me.

Soooo, I'm gonna stay with my original geographical hunch and say that Thomas Wolfe once lived in that house, and that house is presently somewhere near Ashville, NC, banking on the higher areas around Asheville getting an unusually large amount of snow that year.

The other Andy
www.smokingtoaster.com

Anonymous said...

Dagnabit and drat....

I just Wikipedia'd Thomas Wolfe and they have a picture of his house.....

And that ain't it.

Ok, ok......

Let's try Eliot Wigginton of Foxfire fame. And I'll shut up now.

The other Andy again
www.smokingtoaster.com

Andy said...

And not the venerable Clint Eastwood of Firefox fame?

Johnny Glendale said...

Sippican, you gave it away! "Well-regarded author!" Who else could it be but Dan Brown! That was easy. (I was gonna try to run with the whole symbology-in-the-picture theme, but it would have been a long trip for a small joke)

Andy said...

These "Whose House" things are like crack to me. Or those weird Mexican salted prunes that they call candy. Let's get some input, people! Papa needs clues!

Jean said...

I'm gonna go for a wild, wild guess... Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Henry said...

Could be New England. How about Updike.

Deborah said...

Ring Lardner

SippicanCottage said...

It is New England! Not those scribblers, though.

George Grady said...

L Frank Baum?

Jean said...

Arthur Miller?

Deborah said...

Ok. Now I'm going to toss out my favorite author even though I know it's wrong: Paul Gallico. (He's a New Yorker---is New York considered New England?)

sonarsenior said...

Edith Wharton

Phil
guessing, in Va Beach

Andy said...

Emily Dickinson

Jill said...

I'm guessing Herman Melville. It looks like Pittsfield in the Berkshires

Johnny Glendale said...

John Irving?

Johnny Glendale said...

Jack Kerouac?

Johnny Glendale said...

Stephen King?

j said...

David Mamet?

Andy said...

salinger

Andy said...

Greg Sullivan

Johnny Glendale said...

That "J said" was Johnny Glendale...
and my last, longest shot guess...Willa Cather?

Anonymous said...

Dr. Suess.

Andy said...

Solzhenitsyn

dick said...

Thornton Wilder?

seanp said...

I've done a fair bit of searching and come up with nothing. It's not even the Sippican's house - not enough trees for Mass. It has to be someone modern though -- the house is much too new to be turn-of-the-century, for example. In addition, the house is not huge and fenced off -- meaning probably not a smash bestseller like Stephen King or John Grisham.

All that to say - I don't know.

Andy said...

I guessed Solzenhitzen because he was exiled in Vermont. Still, I figure he would have been in a swankier place than that.

Agree on age - must be 20th century or late 19th. Can't find nuttin' what matches, though.

SippicanCottage said...

Ahem- Someone has come up with the correct answer. I'll announce the winner tomorrow.