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

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

By Henry Beston.  Introduction by Robert Finch.  First published 1928, Doubleday and Doran.  Reprinted, Henry Holt, 2003, 256 pp.  I read the Kindle Edition.

 

In 1925, Henry Beston bought around 50 acres on the dunes of Eastham on Cape Cod.  He had a two-room cottage built, which he called the Fo'castle and intended to use only for brief visits.

 

But arriving there the following year for a two-week stay, he found that he couldn't bring himself to leave.  "The fortnight ending," he writes, "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."  He remained for a full year.

 

The Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod is the story of that year.  Read More 

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