Provincetown: A History of Artists and Renegades in a Fishing Village

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Between the Portland Gale of 1898 and the start of the Second World War, Provincetown, Massachusetts, was transformed from a rough-and-tumble whaling and fishing village into an anything-goes destination for free-loving artists and tourists. When the Great War curtailed European travel, droves of artists flocked to the town. Among those who came to land's end were painter Charles W. Hawthorne, who launched the nation's oldest artists' colony, and playwright Eugene O'Neill, whose premier play was produced by the fledgling Provincetown Players. Historian Debra Lawless chronicles the history of the town with tales of hearty sailors from Theodore Roosevelt's Atlantic Fleet, Prohibition-era bootleggers, Portuguese fishermen and a "madman" firebug intent on burning down the town during the Great Depression. Explore the quirky yet enchanting streets of Provincetown.
ISBN: 9781609490256
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Massachusetts
Series: Brief History
Images: 50
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Debra Lawless is a freelance writer living in Chatham. She earned a BA in history and classics at Stanford University and an MS in journalism at Boston University. A native of Providence, Rhode Island, she has worked for several newspapers and as a political press secretary. Currently, she writes for the Cape Cod Chronicle, specializing in books and authors. She is interested in historic preservation and the visual arts. Her previous books are Chatham in the Jazz Age and Chatham: From the Second World War to the Age of Aquarius.
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