ANOTHER 5 STAR REVIEW ON AMAZON.COM FOR MY NEW BOOK, “TONY DUQUETTES DAWNRIDGE”. Each of Hutton Wilkinson’s four volumes on Tony Duquette, his mentor and eventual business partner, has its focus on Duquette, the genius. Yet behind each book is the voice of another genius, Wilkinson himself. With this, his most recent book, Tony Duquette’s Dawnridge, Hutton vividly captures the creative spirit and personalities of Tony and Beegle Duquette, my treasured friends of forty years, not only with his colorful story-telling, but also with remarkable photos of the house, garden and glamorous memorabilia of Tony and Beegle’s lives.
If ever a biography is to ring true, its pages must breathe credibility for subject as well as author. Although Hutton is a first-rate novelist (The Walk to Elsie’s with M. Flynn Kuhnert, for example, and more recently the imaginative Gaspar Brown Mysteries), he does not spin tales or invent fantasy settings for The Dawnridge of Tony Duquette.
So many books do not have this quality of personalization; here the insistent focus on the inhabitants of Dawnridge that make the compound come alive,is true to both subject and author.
If only Tony and Beegle could read this tribute to themselves and to Dawnridge, the private paradise they created, they would be as moved as I by the beauty, the narrative and the photographs of this fourth volume – of what I shall now call The Tony Duquette Quartet.