Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Book Review Brief: Hamptons Bohemia by Helen A. Harrison and Constance Ayers Denne

I just finished what really is more of a coffee table book (i.e. a lot of pictures!) that was interesting and entertaining.  Hamptons Bohemia is a social history of the Hamptons, which is on the eastern end of Long Island in New York.  It discusses the growth of the area and the migration of artists and writers to this now-fashionable spot.
Among the many who frequented the place and gave it its reputation as a haven for art and literature are Truman Capote, John Steinbeck, and John Knowles (author of A Separate Peace).   The part that intrigued me was a section about the artist Jackson Pollock who lived there with his wife Lee Krasner.  It made me interested in watching the movie Pollock with Ed Harris.  He and the film were nominated for several awards when it came out in 2000.

The book has some nice vintage photographs of these famous folks and their homes as well as asides with excerpts from novels and poems and pictures of artwork created by some of the Hamptons' famous residents.  An enlightening read.

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