Helen A. Harrison Discusses ‘Hamptons Bohemia: Two Centuries of Artists and Writers on the Beach’

Helen A. Harrison's book "Hamptons Bohemia."

The East Hampton Historical Society will host a virtual book club discussion of Helen A. Harrison’s book “Hamptons Bohemia: Two Centuries of Artists and Writers on the Beach” on Thursday, June 10, at 7 p.m.

For more than two centuries, the Hamptons has been home to a vibrant community of artists and writers, lured by the golden dunes, refreshing breezes, radiant landscapes, and frequent visits from the muse. It was here that Winslow Homer painted bathers and strollers on the ocean beach and Lee Krasner created her “Earth Series” in a cramped studio shared with her husband, Jackson Pollock. From Herman Melville to F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck to George Plimpton, these are just a few of the gifted figures to draw inspiration from this famous and fashionable retreat. Richly illustrated with archival photos and reproductions of the artists’ work, “Hamptons Bohemia” chronicles the evolution of a community and the colorful characters who have inhabited it.

Author Helen A. Harrison, the director of Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, will be on hand as part of the discussion.

The book is available through the Suffolk County Cooperative Library System for interlibrary loan, as well as for purchase or download on Amazon. Preregistration is required. Visit easthamptonhistory.org for more information or call 631-324-6850.