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Cemetery 25 Putnam Abbie PHC&M 90

(2017)

Abbie Cook Putnam (1869-1956) | Gifford.

Miss Putnam was the town librarian from 1901 to 1935, and not one to be trifled with. For her, the fact that a 28-year-old playwright who showed up at the library in 1917 had achieved a bit of local renown was of no consequence. Eugene O’Neill wasn’t a property owner, so Miss Putnam was not about to issue him a library card unless someone proper had vouched for him. Then, when O’Neill showed up drunk at the library after winning one of his Pulitzer Prizes, Miss Putnam simply tossed him out. Just how little love there existed between them became clear in 1924 with the appearance of his play, Desire Under the Elms. There is in that play an adulterous character who kills her own child. The character’s name is Abbie Putnam. She lived in the Figurehead House, 476 Commercial Street, which takes its name from the ship’s figurehead over the front door. It was found floating in the Indian Ocean in April 1867 by A. L. Putnam, a whaling schooner in the service of the H. & S. Cook Company. Henry Cook was one of Miss Putnam’s grandfathers. And her father, Adrian Lewis Putnam, was the namesake of the vessel that found the figurehead. [Lot No. 219.]


Provincetown’s Historic Cemeteries and Memorials, Key G-90, Page 26.


Find a Grave Memorial No. 54238327.

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