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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Long Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781504626354
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Some of the twentieth century’s most important artists and writers—from Jackson Pollock to Saul Steinberg, Fairfield Porter to Jean Stafford—lived and worked on the East End of Long Island. The home they made there would affect their creative work for years to come. Pollock found there a connection to nature that inspired some of the most significant painting of our time. James Schuyler and Frank O’Hara found companionship and raw material for their poems on South Main Street and the city train. Willem de Kooning rode his bike every day to Gardiner’s Bay, where the light informed every brushstroke he put to canvas from the early 1960s on.

Through searching, lyrical vignettes, critic and poet Robert Long mixes storytelling with history to recreate these lives and events that shaped American art and literature.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The much honored Grover Gardner makes Long’s portraits of Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning, and Saul Steinberg come alive…Highly recommended for all collections. A Library Journal Best Audiobook of 2006 for Nonfiction.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Gardner, as usual, delivers the prose with depth and alacrity, painting rich word pictures…[He] delivers a cinematic audio treatment of these debauched characters, guiding us on a tour of their creative minds through the lens of their daily lives at this time and place.”

    AudioFile

  • “Mesmerizing and moving.”

    Booklist

  • A Library Journal Best Audiobook of 2006 for • Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Arty | 11/11/2013

    " boring bullshit "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deirdre | 4/27/2012

    " I enjoyed looking up more info on some of the people mentioned - especially the Porter brothers "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh Peters | 4/18/2011

    " Now I want to read more about Pollock and the De Koonings. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aran | 2/2/2011

    " Strangely written but interesting stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 10/18/2010

    " Intrigued by the intertwining history of long island, art and personal lives and relationships of the artists "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 12/29/2009

    " Now I want to read more about Pollock and the De Koonings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deirdre | 12/28/2009

    " I enjoyed looking up more info on some of the people mentioned - especially the Porter brothers "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celeste | 8/10/2008

    " That's it! I am moving to Montauk! "

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About the Author

Robert Long is the art critic for the East Hampton Star, the author of four books of poetry, and a contributor to such publications as the New Yorker and Partisan Review. He lives in East Hampton, New York.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned thirty-seven Earphones Awards.