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Hamptons Babylon Life Among the Super

Peter Fearon

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ISBN 10: 1559724382 / ISBN 13: 9781559724388
Published by Citadel, 1998
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Hamptons Babylon Life Among the Super

Publisher: Citadel

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: First edition. - may be Reissue.

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From Westhampton to Montauk, the towns, villages, and hamlets of Long Island's fabulous South Fork have become known as the Hamptons--America's Riviera--summer home to some of the world's wealthiest people. "Hamptons Babylon" reveals the underside of this rich man's playground, offering a peek beyond the hedges and walls to view the super-rich at play of photos, many in color.

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The author of Buckingham Babylon (1993) exposes more sin and scandal, in the usual tabloid way. Fearon drops the name of everyone famous and notorious who ever put a foot wrong, planted an exotic tree, or buried a corpse or two from Southampton to Montauk. Most of his essays are disjointed, united only by location and embellished with dialogue, imagined feelings, and local color: all the ways an intelligent author makes a rehash into something that can pass for originality. Beginning with Hamptons history, back to the 17th century, Fearon tells some tales of famous artists and writers: Jackson Pollock's drunken binges; Marilyn Monroe's affair with a lucky beach boy; John Steinbeck's defense of the war in Vietnam (he happened to have a house in Sag Harbor), and Truman Capote's falling out with his society friends after the publication of ``La Cte Basque.'' To these artists, Fearon tacks on Andrew Crispo, a seedy gallery owner with a Southampton home who was allegedly involved in an S&M murder that took place in Rockland County, northwest of Manhattan. So begin Fearon's true-crime essays told in as much grisly detail as possible. The victim's body ``had been burned and most of it appeared to have been eaten by animals. The shoulders of what was now little more than a skeleton were topped by a horrific black leather mask with slits for the eyes and nose and a zipper across the mouth. It was covered in blood.'' There is the requisite inclusion of Kennedys: Jackie and her sister Lee were brought up in East Hampton. Trashy, but not fun. For good Hamptons gossip, read Steven Gainess Philistines at the Hedgerow (p. 631). (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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