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Author East, Elyssa.

Title Dogtown : death and enchantment in a New England ghost town / Elyssa East.

Published New York : Free Press, 2009.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  917.445 EAST    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st Free Press hardcover ed.
Physical description vii, 291 pages : map ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-279) and index.
Contents Part 1 -- Chapter 1 Birth of Tragedy 11 -- Chapter 2 Follow the Brush 21 -- Chapter 3 Cynomancy 33 -- Chapter 4 Painter of Dogtown 38 -- Chapter 5 Le Beauport 45 -- Chapter 6 Baron in the Trees 55 -- Chapter 7 Ghost Dog 64 -- Chapter 8 Rollicking Apparitions 69 -- Chapter 9 Taking Care of Its Own 75 -- Chapter 10 In the Time of Pirates 86 -- Chapter 11 Green Man 93 -- Chapter 12 Dooming the Seats 99 -- Chapter 13 Shadow Hunting 106 -- Chapter 14 God's Burning Finger 112 -- Chapter 15 Confession 119 -- Chapter 16 In Gypsy Ways 129 -- Chapter 17 "Viva San Petro!" 139 -- Chapter 18 Life's Book 148 -- Chapter 19 Island Heart of Darkness 155 -- Part 2 -- Chapter 20 Maximus, to Dogtown 161 -- Chapter 21 Masked Man in Yellow 171 -- Chapter 22 Geography of Being 180 -- Chapter 23 Into the Deep Woods 193 -- Chapter 24 City Bred Tenderfoots 200 -- Chapter 25 "No Intention of Leaving This Courtroom Alive" 206 -- Chapter 26 Nature Working Her Magic Unmolested 213 -- Chapter 27 Confabulation 227 -- Chapter 28 Mountains in Stone 239.
Summary "The area known as Dogtown - an isolated colonial ruin and surrounding 3,000-acre woodland in storied seaside Gloucester, Massachusetts - has long exerted a powerful influence over artists, writers, eccentrics, and nature lovers. But its history is also woven through with tales of witches, supernatural sightings, pirates, former slaves, drifters, and the many dogs Revolutionary War widows kept for protection and for which the area was named. In 1984, a brutal murder took place there: a mentally disturbed local outcast crushed the skull of a beloved schoolteacher as she walked in the woods. Dogtown's peculiar atmosphere - it is strewn with giant boulders and has been compared to Stonehenge - and eerie past deepened the pall of this horrific event that continues to haunt Gloucester even today." "In alternating chapters, Elyssa East interlaces the story of this grisly murder with the strange, dark history of this wilderness ghost town and explores the possibility that certain landscapes wield their own unique power." "East knew nothing of Dogtown's bizarre past when she first became interested in the area. As an art student in the early 1990s, she fell in love with the celebrated Modernist painter Marsden Hartley's stark and arresting Dogtown landscapes. She also learned that in the 1930s, Dogtown saved Hartley from a paralyzing depression. Years later, struggling in her own life, East set out to find the mysterious setting that had changed Hartley's life, hoping that she too would find solace and renewal in Dogtown's odd beauty. Instead, she discovered a landscape steeped in intrigue and a community deeply ambivalent about the place: while many residents declare their passion for this profoundly affecting landscape, others avoid it out of a sense of foreboding." "Throughout this first-person narrative, East brings Dogtown's enigmatic past to life. Losses sustained during the American Revolution dealt this once thriving community its final blow. Destitute war widows and former slaves took up shelter in its decaying homes until 1839, when the last inhabitant was taken to the poorhouse. He died seven days later. Dogtown has remained abandoned ever since, but continues to occupy many people's imaginations. In addition to Marsden Hartley, it inspired a Bible-thumping millionaire who carved the region's rocks with words to live by; the innovative and influential postmodernist poet Charles Olson, who based much of his epic Maximus Poems on Dogtown; an idiosyncratic octogenarian who vigilantly patrols the land to this day; and a murderer who claimed that the spirit of the woods called out to him."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject East, Elyssa -- Homes and haunts.
Dogtown Commons (Gloucester, Mass.) -- Description and travel.
Gloucester (Mass.) -- History.
Ann, Cape (Mass.) -- History.
ISBN 9781416587040