Author Herman Melville who wrote the novel Moby Dick could see Mount Greylock from his farmhouse and compared the sight of the mountain covered in snow to a great white whale breaching from the ocean, which possibly gave him the idea for his most famous novel. Other American writers who were inspired by the mountain include Oliver Wendell Holmes who described it as a "purple throne," Henry David Thoreau who spent the night at the top and woke up surrounded by clouds, and Nathanial Hawthorne, who wrote his haunted story "Ethan Brand" after hiking the mountain at night. (Source: WBUR Boston ~ Literary History of Mount Greylock)

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