Books and Artwork
With its mysterious beginnings and intriguing landscape, Dogtown has been a source of inspiration for many different authors and artists.
Marsden Hartley, born on January 4, 1877 in Maine, first visited Gloucester in 1920 and would later return to visit Dogtown in 1931 and 1934. Prior to his return, his health was suffering and he was going through a bought of depression.
Hartley painted Dogtown from sketches made from crayon, ink, and pencil. Sometimes he even painted solely from memory. He mostly painted with oil paint on either composition board or academy board.
Other artists who have painted Dogtown include John Sloan, Louise Upton Brumback, and Ed Touchette.
Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town by Elyssa East.
Dogtown Common by Kitty Parsons
Dogtown: A Village Lost in Time by Thomas Dresser
Dorie of Dogtown Common by Anne Elliot
In the Heart of Cape Ann, or, the Story of Dogtown… by Charles E. Mann
Marsden Hartley: Soliloquy in Dogtown- published by the Cape Ann Museum
The Dogtown Guide by Mark J. Carlotto
The Island Woods by Mark Carlotto
The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant
The Last Witch of Dogtown by Francis Blessington
Witch of Dogtown by S. Foster Damon (First performed in Gloucester in 1954).
Dogtown Common by Percy MacKaye
The Maximus Poems (Letter 7 part 2) by Charles Olson
Cook, Greg. "Marsden Hartley and Gloucester." Greg Cook Land. N.p., September 2005. Web. 12 August 2012. http://www.gregcookland.com/marsdenhartley.html
Books and artwork found at Sawyer Free Library and the Cape Ann Museum both located in Gloucester Massachusetts.