Friday Finds: The Outermost House

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

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Here’s the blurb from the publisher:

In 1926, Henry Beston spent two weeks in a two-room cottage on the sand dunes of Cape Cod. He had not intended to stay longer, but, as he later wrote, “I lingered on, and as the year lengthened into autumn, the beauty and mystery of this earth and outer sea so possessed and held me that I could not go.” Beston stayed for a year, meditating on humanity and the natural world. In The Outermost House, originally published in 1928, he poetically chronicled the four seasons at the beach; the ebb and flow of the tides, the migration of birds, storms, stars, and solitude. The landscape was his major character, and his writing provides a snapshot of the Cape, a place physically changed yet as soulful 80 years later. Like Henry D. Thoreau before him, and Rachel Carson after him, Beston was a writer of stunning beauty, importance and vision.

As mentioned above, this was originally published in 1928 but this week, I’ve seen it mentioned numerous times. I’m intrigued. Doesn’t it sound lovely?


10 thoughts on “Friday Finds: The Outermost House”

  1. I think I’ve seen this in the “nature writing” section at work. It sounds delightful. It’s been several years since I read Joan Anderson’s A Year by the Sea but I remember thinking it was pretty good. I would love to live in a cottage near the ocean for a year, wouldn’t you?

  2. I keep seeing this one and it made me wonder if it was being republished or something since I’ve had it here unread for years. So I checked and nope. It’s just the fascinating power of word of mouth at work!

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