Hamptons Bohemia is the first book to profile, in words and pictures, the loose-knit, fertile confederation of artists and writers that has thrived on Long Island's South Fork since the mid-nineteenth century. The Hamptons, renowned for its summer population of media celebrities and stock market millionaires, is also home to a vibrant artists' and writers' colony. The proximity to New York City, an idyllic setting, and the at-one-time reasonable real estate prices, the Hamptons have attracted some of the world's best-known artists and writers of the last century, including Winslow Homer, Walt Whitman, Jackson Pollock, and Wendy Wasserstein. The book describes the evolution of the community and the colourful characters who inhabit it. Filled with stories, archival photos, and full-colour reproductions of the artists' work, the book also features sidebars giving detailed information and in-depth anecdotes about key people, places, and events - for example, the famed annual artists and writers softball game. In addition, readers can sample the work of some of the Hamptons' best-known writers in the form of letters, short stories, poems, and excerpts from longer works.
An intelligent, beautifully illustrated ode to a unique community.