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Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town

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The area known as Dogtownand#8212;an isolated colonial ruin and surrounding 3,000-acre woodland in seaside Gloucester, Massachusettsand#8212;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. In this award-winning debut, Elyssa East evocatively interlaces the story of the grisly murder with the strange, dark history of this wilderness ghost town and explores the possibility that certain landscapes wield their own unique power. Winner of the 2010 L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award in nonfiction and named a Must-Read Book by the Massachusetts Book Awards, andlt;Iandgt;Dogtown andlt;/Iandgt;takes readers into an unforgettable place brimming with tragedy, eccentricity, and fascinating lore, and examines the idea that some places can inspire both good and evil, poetry and murder.

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Winner of the 2010 L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award in nonfiction and named a Must-Read Book by the Massachusetts Book Awards, "Dogtown" takes readers into an unforgettable place brimming with tragedy, eccentricity, and fascinating lore, and examines the idea that some places can inspire both good and evil, poetry and murder.

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Dogtown is Elyssa East’s exploration of the strange, dark history of a wilderness ghost town and a brutal 25-year-old murder.

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Elyssa East received her B.A. in art history from Reed College and her M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where she was the recipient of three prestigious fellowships: the Susan G. Hertog Research Assistantship, a Departmental Research Assistantship, and a Writing Division Merit Fellowship. Her Master’s thesis—a draft of this manuscript—won an M.F.A. Faculty Selects award. Elyssa has received additional awards and fellowships from the Ragdale, Jerome, and Ludwig Vogelstein Foundations; the University of Connecticut; and the Phillips Library.

Elyssa’s writing has been published in various New England regional magazines as well as The Brooklyn Rail, Guernica, and Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, and is forthcoming in The New York Times. A scene from Elyssa’s opera libretto, Mr. Hawthorne’s Engagement, was performed with singers from the Met Opera as part of American Opera Project’s Composers and the Voice series. Elyssa created Columbia University’s Artists’ Resource Center and ran KGB Bar’s Columbia University Faculty Selects Reading Series for three years. Additionally she has worked as a nonfiction reviews editor at Publisher’s Weekly; the Managing Director of the Maine Summer Dramatic Institute and Executive Producer of Shakespeare in Deering Oaks Park in Portland, Maine; an archaeologist’s assistant; and a dump-truck driver. A native of Georgia, Elyssa currently resides in New York City.

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Tami Landers, January 17, 2011 (view all comments by Tami Landers)
I found this book to be interesting and entertaining on several levels. I especially like how East delineates the real characters--as well as the character--of Gloucester. She gives equal time to her theories and to the facts and fears of the place. A great read awakened again this jaded reader.
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ISBN:
9781416587057
Author:
East, Elyssa
Publisher:
Free Press
Subject:
United States - State & Local - New England
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
United States - New England - Massachusetts
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
map, index; 8-p b-w insert
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.4375 x 5.5 in

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