Provincetown harbor, Cape Cod, formed the backcloth to a number of writers' lives.
Commercial Street looks out onto the harbor, and has been the home of a number of writers. This is number 466, the former home of Mary Heaton Vorse.
'MARY HEATON VORSE
I've already mentioned Vorse in this blog in relation to her novel Strike(1930) – concerning the 1929 Loray Mill strike in Gastonia, North Carolina – although the brochure understandably only mentions her Time and the Town: A Provincetown Chronicle (1942), which states that she 'imbues her characters [...] with proletarian nobility'. Her house was owned by Captain Kibbe Cook.
The above photo of Vorse is in the public domain: a 1919 passport photo.
564 Commercial Street, the former home of Susan Glaspell:
Quite by chance, I stumbled across this plaque:
'IN HOMAGE TO
EUGENE GLADSTONE O'NEILL
FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO
WRITTEN AT THIS SITE IN
THE YEAR OF OUR LORD
NINETEEN HUNDRED AND SEVENTEEN
WERE THE PLAYS:
"THE MOON OF THE CARIBEES"
"THE LONG VOYAGE HOME"
"IN THE ZONE"'
The above plaque stands on an exterior wall by the entrance to Atlantic House.
627 is the final house of literary interest on Commercial Street.
Finally, and moving away from Commercial Street, 27a Bradford Street was a barn that editor and bookseller Frank Shay turned into the Barnstormers' Theater (now a private residence) to maintain the spirit here of the Provincetown Players after their removal to New York, and writers linked to it are O'Neill, Vorse, and Harry Kemp.
Unfortunately, we were unable to locate the graves of Mailer, Vorse, and Hutch Hapgood in Provincetown Cemetery, nor Susan Glaspell's in Snow Cemetery, Truro, but hadn't really the time to spend on seeking out omissions too much. Nevertheless, many thanks to Provincetown Tourism Office for helping Penny so much.
Below is a link to a post I made on Mary Heaton Vorse's Strike!: