From the Publisher
Story by true story, Kathy Shorr chronicles the history and people of Provincetown, Massachusetts, at the tip of Cape Cod. She writes of the first seasonal settlers, a raucous bunch of mariners, and their collection of beach shacks that earned the name Helltown. She describes how wreckers stripped vessels that had foundered and how a Provincetown whaler got swallowed by a whale. She explains Provincetown's transition in the twentieth century to a vibrant center for the arts, as well as its residents' longtime reputation for flaunting authority and living on the edge. In this book, the colorful history of Provincetown unfolds to delight residents and visitors alike.
From the Author
Provincetown is one of the most storied places Ive ever run across. I am sure this is partly because it has played an important role in American historyas the first landing place of the Pilgrims, as a center of New Englands fishing and whaling, as the birthplace of the modern American theater, to name only a few. But I also think its because things just seem to happen in Provincetown more than they do in other places. So it was not hard to dig up stories about the town, so much as it was to find ones that, for me, could capture its spirit. I suspect that most people whove spent time here have their own equally compelling tales of Provincetown, or know an aspect of a story thats missing from the version you will find here. That is, in a curious way, a satisfying thought, for it says something about the extraordinary nature of this place.
Kathy Shorr, March 2002