De Kooning’s Bicycle: Artists and Writers in the Hamptons

By Robert Long
Read by Grover Gardner

5.45 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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Some of the twentieth century’s most important artists and writers—from Jackson Pollock to Saul Steinberg, Fairfield Porter to Jean Stafford—lived and worked on the East End of Long Island. The home they made there would affect their creative work for years to come. Pollock found there a connection to nature that inspired some of the most significant painting of our time. James Schuyler and Frank O’Hara found companionship and raw material for their poems on South Main Street and the city train. Willem de Kooning rode his bike every day to Gardiner’s Bay, where the light informed every brushstroke he put to canvas from the early 1960s on. Through searching, lyrical vignettes, critic and poet Robert Long mixes storytelling with history to recreate these lives and events that shaped American art and literature.

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Summary

Summary

A Library Journal Best Audiobook of 2006 for • Nonfiction

Some of the twentieth century’s most important artists and writers—from Jackson Pollock to Saul Steinberg, Fairfield Porter to Jean Stafford—lived and worked on the East End of Long Island. The home they made there would affect their creative work for years to come. Pollock found there a connection to nature that inspired some of the most significant painting of our time. James Schuyler and Frank O’Hara found companionship and raw material for their poems on South Main Street and the city train. Willem de Kooning rode his bike every day to Gardiner’s Bay, where the light informed every brushstroke he put to canvas from the early 1960s on.

Through searching, lyrical vignettes, critic and poet Robert Long mixes storytelling with history to recreate these lives and events that shaped American art and literature.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The much honored Grover Gardner makes Long’s portraits of Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning, and Saul Steinberg come alive…Highly recommended for all collections. A Library Journal Best Audiobook of 2006 for Nonfiction.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Gardner, as usual, delivers the prose with depth and alacrity, painting rich word pictures…[He] delivers a cinematic audio treatment of these debauched characters, guiding us on a tour of their creative minds through the lens of their daily lives at this time and place.” AudioFile
“Mesmerizing and moving.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Robert Long

Robert Long is the art critic for the East Hampton Star, the author of four books of poetry, and a contributor to such publications as the New Yorker and Partisan Review. He lives in East Hampton, New York.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 5.45
Audience: Adult
Language: English