Mailer's gravestone in Provincetown, MA. Photo © Estate of Fred W. McDarrah

 Mailer's gravestone in Provincetown, MA. Photo © Estate of Fred W. McDarrah

  Mailer's Commercial Street cottage is now home to a Writer's Colony

  Mailer's Commercial Street cottage is now home to a Writer's Colony

 Norman Mailer's Provincetown waterfront cottage is not on any Save the Village tour.

 But a P-Town tour is in the works as the place has a very rich literary and artistic history with folks like Robert Motherwell, Hans Hoffman the Surrealists Roberto Matta, Arshile Gorky and Max Ernst, Marsden Hartley, Tennessee Williams and the noted patrons and collectors Ione and Hudson Walker among its notables.

  Franz Kline started the famous Artists & Writers softball clash in P-Town. (Fred W. McDarrah was there and photographed the game.)  The A&W game is now a charity event that draws huge crowds when it is played every August in East Hampton, NY.

  In 1914 the Provincetown Art Association was founded. We were last there in the fall for an Amy Arbus opening.

  The PAA led to an influx of poets, novelists, journalists and playwrights as well as artists from Greenwich Village, who brought with them a bohemian lifestyle. A group of radical writers, actors and artists that became known as The Provincetown Players produced plays on Lewis Wharf in the East End. Eugene O'Neil's breakthrough drama "Bound East For Cardiff" was first staged there.

  Mailer died the same week as Fred W. McDarrah, in November 2007. Mailer's cash helped start the Village Voice and Mailer and McDarrah were friendly all their lives. Learn more about Mailer and the Voice on the Save the Village tour.

  Back of Mailer cottage.

  Back of Mailer cottage.

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