Midwest Book Review:
"The Search for Peter Hunt by Lynn C. Van Dine is an
adventurous fictionalized biography about a dynamic twentieth-century
artist. A fresh and vibrantly told story, The Search for Peter Hunt
is a very highly recommended and deftly written novel from beginning to
(James A Cox, January, 2003)
From the Provincetown Banner:
"Itís taken seven years of research to produce Lynn Van Dineís
Search for Peter Hunt (The
Local History Company), but fans and even those who have never heard of
the enigmatic folk artist will agree the result is a splendid piece of
writing and a fascinating tale of self-invention.
so simple and straightforward and in some ways he was,' Van Dine says of
in life. 'His approach was, have fun. If you are not having fun, itís
not worth doing. It seems simplistic but itís very sage advice. Measure
what you are doing and if you are not enjoying it, maybe itís the wrong
thing to be doing. Itís the ultimate peasant attitude Ė in a good life,
you have some fun.' "
(Sue Harrison, November 28, 2002)
Show and Tell
Author Lynn Van Dine shows an example of a
Peter Hunt chest to fourth graders at Thomas Edison School in Port Huron,
Michigan. Fourth grade teacher Genine Evenson invited Van Dine to talk as
part of a course on folk art.
Local History Company, publisher of "The
Search for Peter
Hunt," put together this press release. They can
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||From Cape Cod's
Provincetown artist Peter Hunt was ahead of his time, both in his
anticipation of the popularity of folk art and his self-invented
celebrity. While the ďpeasantĒ designs he created briefly gripped the
public imagination and were a triumph of mid-20th century marketing,
Huntís true skills were in the myth-making abilities that gained him
entree into the upper social circles of both New York and Provincetown.
according to author Lynn Van Dine, 'a terrible, and wonderful, liar.'
"Van Dine spent
seven years piecing together the mystery of Peter Huntís life, a story
she tells in a fictionalized biography, The Search for Peter Hunt,
scheduled for publication this month by the Local History Company. Itís
fitting, she says, that the life of a man who constantly reinvented
himself and his history be couched in fiction.
"She uses a
framing device in the book to explore what she imagines would be Huntís
reaction, casting the artist, who died in 1967, as a ghost trying to
discourage the author from writing his biography.
fictional trappings, The Search for Peter Hunt is meticulously
researched and steeped in the actual people and events that shaped
Huntís life and career."
(Tim Wood, October, 2002)
From the Cape Cod Chronicle,
"Van Dine decided to approach the story as part
mystery, part biography, using her quest for the truth and Huntís
obstructionist ghost as vehicles to propel the book along. The book also
includes a section of color photos and hints on how to recreate Peter
Since the bookís debut last month, Van Dineís Web site
has been flooded with stories about Hunt from readers. What struck her
most about them is that all are either funny or complimentary. 'In all
the time Iíve worked on this story, I donít think anybody has had a
nasty thing to say about him,' she said."
(Tim Wood, November, 2002)
From the Times Herald,
Port Huron, Michigan:
"The Search for Peter Hunt is a detective story and a ghost story,
a novel masquerading as biography. I found it quite brilliant.
"Yet for all that, the best tale here isn't Peter Hunt's. It's Lynn Van
Dine's. How a freelance writer from Marysville -- ill and unsure if she'd
ever write again -- came to publish a book about an East Coast poopy-darling
is a story in itself. "
(Mike Connell, December 15, 2002)