Nicknamed ‘America in Miniature’ because the state seems to be a condensed version of America, Maryland boasts forests, sand dunes, marshlands and bays. Most of important of all, Maryland is at the centre of life science research and development, not that this means, of course, that the literature, films and music are only scientific – there’s a lot more as well.
Pulitzer winner, Anne Tyler, set most of her novels in Baltimore, Maryland, including The Accidental Tourist, for which she won the prize. In his travel book about North America, The American Scene, Henry James writes from an interesting perspective on the Maryland of a hundred years ago. James offers an American’s view, but with the detachment of one who lived in England for many years.
Films shot in Maryland give us a board sweep of genres, ranging from the spy-thriller film Enemy of the State, to the action-comedy film, True Lies.
Music in Maryland varies from Jazz singer Billie Holiday who spent much of her childhood in Baltimore, to the punk rock band, Good Charlotte.