A Day at the Beach, 1984

04/29/2008  by Arlo Haskell  3 Comments

Image of Key West writers at Hidden Beach:

from top left: James Merrill, Evan Rhodes, Edward Hower, Alison Lurie, Shel Silverstein, Bill Manville, Joseph Lash, Arnold Sundgaard, John Williams, Richard Wilbur, Jim Boatwright.
from bottom left: Susan Nadler, Thomas McGuane, William Wright, John Ciardi, David Kaufelt, Philip Caputo, Philip Burton, John Malcolm Brinnin.

How many words is a picture worth if its subjects have penned more than many thousands of bestselling words apiece, already read by tens of thousands of readers? If in their beach bags are five Pulitzer Prizes, a few National Book Awards, two Bollingen Prizes, and office stationery from the U.S. Poet Laureate?

Thanks to Bill Wright for loaning this excellent group portrait. Liz Lear arranged the event, at Hidden Beach. The photographer was Don Kincaid. Click here for a full-size version. Thanks to Liz Lear, Holly Merrill, and Don Kincaid for their help in identifying the authors.


3 Responses

  1. Holly Merrill says:

    Don Kincaid knows who they are, I spoke with him today. I will let him know you are asking..

  2. Don Kincaid says:

    Arnold Sundguard is the unidentified author… I believe he wrote plays.

  3. Michael Sundgaard says:

    Arnold Sundgaard, my uncle, was a playwright, a children’s book author and a lyricist. His body of work was extensive over his lifetime.

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