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Artists and St. Simons and Sea Island

Resort areas have always attracted artists, and St. Simons and Sea Island are no exception. Many writers, singers, painters, and designers have lived or vacationed on the island, a haven for restoring their creative juices. The most beloved artist in St. Simons’s history is Eugenia Price, who wrote many historical novels about St. Simons, Savannah, the Georgia coast, and Florida. Price died in 1996 and was buried at Christ Church, resting with many of the characters featured in her books. Perhaps the most brilliant artist to live in the area was playwright Eugene O’Neill, who had a house on Sea Island from 1931 to 1936. He was visited by many celebrities of the stage and literary world, including Lillian Gish, Somerset Maugham, and Sherwood Anderson. O’Neill wrote his only comedy, Ah, Wilderness! while at Sea Island and made notes for Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

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