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The Outermost House: A Year of Life On The Great Beach of Cape Cod [Henry Beston] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The seventy-fifth. The best nature-writing, it seems to us, brings together a place, a time, and a personality in such a way that, after we’ve read the book, the writer’s experience, . Having planned to stay two weeks in his newly built house on the sand dunes, Henry Beston’s fascination with the changes of the dunes, the.

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What a lovely book. The seventy-fifth anniversary edition of the classic book about Cape Cod, “written with simplicity, sympathy, and beauty” New York Herald Tribune Houe chronicle of a solitary year spent on a Cape Cod beach, The Outermost House has long been recognized as a classic of American nature writing.

We of the age of the machines, having delivered ourselves of nocturnal enemies, now have a dislike of night itself.

Views Read Edit View history. To all who love her, who open to her the doors of their veins, she gives of her strength, sustaining them with her own measureless tremor of dark life.

Henrt meant to be savored.

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Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I have read many chapters this way throughout the years. Notify me of new posts hose email. Beston was concerned about ocean pollution in !! Pilgrim at Tinkers Creek et al???? A worthy wife indeed The rhythm of waves beats in the sea like a pulse in living flesh.


Robert Finch Goodreads Author Introduction. As well expect Nature to answer to your human values as to come into your house and putermost in a chair.

They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.

Having spent considerable time on the Cape after completing a magazine assignment called “The Wardens of Cape Cod”, about the Coast Guard officers of the Outer CapeBeston drew up floor plans for a house on the dunes two miles south of the Nauset Coast Guard station in Eastham, Massachusetts.

The couple had an extensive courtship period, but when Coatsworth saw that he had many notes but no manuscript from his stay on the beach, she said, “No book, no marriage. Nature has its unexpected and unappreciated mercies.

It would be much more interesting if you know and I mean “know” birds. In my world of beach and dunes these elemental presences lived and had their being, and under their arch there moved an incomparable pageant of nature and the year. Sep 21, Kyle Tresnan rated it liked oufermost. In my world of beach and june these elemental presences lived and had their being Jan 25, Christine rated it really liked it Shelves: Heard on All Things Considered.

Rather than the traditional Coast Guard stations we are all familiar with, those I keep this book on my nightstand when I need to transport myself from this world to the natural beauty Beston describes.


His best-known book, The Outermost Housewas housw published in and chronicles his time living alone on the beach and meditating on nature and the changing seasons. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. I’m really surprised that this book isn’t that well-known despite its status as a classic in Nature-writing.

The Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod

The book was published, Beston and Coatsworth were married, and The Outermost House was on its way to becoming the nature classic it is today. I love Cape Cod, particularly this Cape Cod, one full of sand and beach grass, salt air and ocean breeze.

I recently went to the Cape and was unable to find the marker where once the Outermost House stood. For the animal shall not be measured by man.

The Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod by Henry Beston

You are commenting using your WordPress. Coincidentally, Orion of the Dunes just came out November I may have that title slightly wrong but it is a biography of Henry Beston. Published July 1st by Holt McDougal first published There’s a theme but it is a grand theme and certainly not plot driven.