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Rich with anecdotes about famous and infamous residents (Norman Mailer, Tennessee Williams, Marlon Brando), "Ptown" is a lively, penetrating, and occasionally shocking look at Provincetown, Massachusetts, by writer Manso, who has lived there for much of his life. 16-page photo insert.
Examining the burgeoning arts community, the gay community, fishermen, and politicians, Manso portrays the diverse community of Provincetown to comment on its history and the evolution of its character.
A portrait of Provincetown, Massachusetts, identifies the area as one of rich and diverse cultural history that houses one of the largest per capita homosexual populations and profiles some of its more famous and notorious residents, including Norman Mailer, Tennessee Williams, and Marlon Brando. Reprint.
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Provincetown, Massachusetts, has long been one of the country's most celebrated enclaves for the rich, creative, and infamous. Acclaimed writer and longtime Provincetown resident Peter Manso brings fifty years of life and observation to this engaging, at times scandalous, portrait of the unique seaside town located at the furthermost tip of Cape Cod.|Filled with lively and intriguing anecdotes about some of its most notorious residents - from Norman Mailer and Robert Motherwell to Tennessee Williams, John Waters, and Congressman Gerry Studds - Ptown gives readers a rare and revealing glimpse into the lives of this eccentric community. Home for decades to pirates, communists, fishermen, drug smugglers, and artists, Provincetown has been a maverick society since its beginning, with residents who have always valued liberty over law. Its live-and-let-live mentality has enabled local fishermen to live side by side with America's most famous painters, novelists, and playwrights, making Provincetown an object of fascination throughout the country and a thriving tourist spot that brings more than one million visitors to the area each year. Provincetown today also has one of the largest homosexual populations per capita of any single city in the United States, a demographic shift that has altered the town's businesses, buildings, and schools - only one birth took place in 2000, out of a year-round population of about 3,500.