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Overview


Finding

Hazel
Hawthorne

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Overview


Finding

Hazel
Hawthorne

Since you are beside me this path is as it never was or ever can be hereafter.

Hazel Hawthorne, salt house

 

b.1901

Limerick, Maine

 

d. 2000

Provincetown, Massachusetts

 

profession

Writer

 

Hazel Hawthorne was born as Hazel Louise Hathorne on October 24, 1901. She lived a long life, almost a hundred years.

She published her first poem in 1918 when she was only 16 years old. Twenty years on, she had published two novels, several short stories and more poetry. In 1947 the literature editor of a prominent magazine asked her if she could send them a story, something, anything. 

Why have we never heard of Hazel Hawthorne? 

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Beginning


Beginning


Honestly, I'm still not quite sure how this project began.

inka leisma

 

Beginning

defining moment

August 2014

 

hours spent

Countless

 

happiness level

High

 

purpose

Found

 

support

The Association of Finnish Non-fiction Writers, 2018

 

media coverage

The Queen of the Dunes Still Reigns Provincetown Magazine, April 2019

In August 2014, I saw Hazel Hawthorne's portrait in a Walker Evans photo exhibition in Berlin, Germany. I was completely mesmerized by Hazel's presence in the photo, and got interested in her life.

What started off as innocent googling has now grown into a full-scale, independent research project. 

The goal of my independent, microhistorical research is to publish a book about Hazel’s intriguing life – not perhaps a biography in the traditional sense, but a narrative nonfiction book with biographical elements. I am also working on a podcast. 

In June 2017 I traveled to USA to visit some of the places that were important in Hazel's life and to explore archives that still hold her secrets. I got to meet some of Hazel's relatives and many people who knew her later in life. 

In 2018, I traveled to Cape Cod again to continue my research. As part of the Peaked Hill Trust Residency Program for the Arts and Sciences, I spent a week in one of the dune shacks of the Peaked Hill Bars Historic District, researching unique primary sources and working on the manuscript.

In 2018, I also received a grant from the Association of Finnish Non-fiction Writers.

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Writings


Writings


Writer who is fondly known as the Queen of the Dunes.

the new york times

 

Writings

 

1931-1956

Short stories and book reviews

the new yorker, the new republic, the nation

 

1938

Three Women, novel

e.p.dutton

 

1934

Salt House, novel

frederick a. stokes company

 

1932

On the Baltic, short story

Hound and horn

Whitsuntide, short story

pagany

 

1931

 

Camera Angles on Three Lives, short story

the fourth american caravan

 

Hazel has published some earlier works as well.