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Mining Writing Gold in Monterey County B Y TO M B E N T L E Y • P H OTO G R A P H Y F R O M T H E PAT H AT H A W AY C O L L E C T I O N A Way With Words C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 1 6 211 D o c R icketts plunged his curio us hands into its waters, Jack Ker o uac tr ekked in its fo r ested hills and Robinson Jeffers b uilt a tall tower o ut o f its sto nes. Writers hav e made their wa y to Mo nter ey Co unty fo r well ov er 1 0 0 years. Painters pre - ceded them, trying to catch that impossibly beautiful blend of land and light here, enlivened by a soul of its own. Ar tists of every stripe f ollowed, but writers, whether here for a season or generation, have tried to paint that soul stuff onto a canvas of words. It took a natural disaster to shuffle the first phalanx of writers here: San Francisco's 1906 quake sent a cluster of ar tists, writers and bohemians from their destroyed homes to tents and cabins in Carmel- b y-the-Sea. Among those earl y scrib b lers was the poet Jeff ers, whose hand-built Tor House and Ha wk To w er are popular f or tours toda y. Jack London, Sinclair Lewis and Ambrose Bierce numbered among the early writers frequenting George Sterling's Carmel ar tist's colon y. But long preceding them was Rober t Louis Stev enson, who ma y hav e used his 19th-centur y admiration of stunning Point Lobos as a model for "Treasure Island." Henry Miller's exuberant, rambling prose was well mated to the extravagant beauties (and colorful eccentrics) of 1940s Big Sur. Photo: The Pat Hathaway Collection/

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