to Henry Beston's literary classic, The Outermost House,
and the spirit of life on the Great Outer Beach of Cape
The Outermost House
has long been recognized as a classic of American nature
writing. This chronicle of a solitary year spent on a Cape
Cod beach was written in longhand at the kitchen table,
in a little room overlooking the North Atlantic and the
dunes. Although Henry Beston had originally planned to spend
just two weeks in his house on the shore, he was so possessed
by the "beauty and mystery of this earth and outer sea ...
that (he) could not go." As he wrote then, and as many hold
to be true nearly 70 years later, "the world today is sick
to its thin blood for lack of elemental things, for fire
before the hands, for water welling from the earth, for
air, for the dear earth itself underfoot." In The Outermost
House we find all of these wonders of life -- the migrations
of shore and sea birds, the ceaseless rhythms of wind and
sand and ocean, the pageant of stars in the changing seasons.
Beston's words capture the vividness of nature and bring
us that much closer to understanding man's true relation
to the cosmic picture. In a 1964 ceremony, the Cape Cod
house was officially proclaimed a National Literary Landmark.
In 1978 a massive winter storm swept it off its foundation
and out to sea.
From the back cover of The Outermost House, Owl Books,
Henry Holt and Company, New York
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