The Shores of Bohemia: A Cape Cod Story 1910-1960

by John, Taylor Williams captures the atmosphere of Cape Cod in the early 20century, when it was the vacation spot of a generation of free-thinking artists, writers, architects, playwrights, poets, and critics, including Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, Mary McCarthy, Edward Hopper, Mark Rothko, Edna St. Vincent Millay, James Baldwin, and Norman Mailer. Out in the relative isolation of the sea and sand dunes, in beach cottages that were cheaper than the typical accommodations in Greenwich Village, some of the era’s most admired thinkers exchanged ideas, produced some of the most lauded works of the last century, and reimagined old ideas about politics, culture, and sexual freedom. Affairs ensued, domestic living arrangements were remixed, and wild beach parties were frequently fueled by enormous amounts of alcohol, even during Prohibition. This is a fascinating look at an extraordinary time and place. (Non-Fiction)