Henry Beston’s Cape Cod
Don Wilding, Author and Historian
Henry Beston’s book, The Outermost House, is considered a Cape Cod nature literary classic and was written after Beston spent what he called “a year of life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod”. Mr. Wilding tell you how Beston’s trail to Cape Cod began at the Battle of Verdun in World War I where he was spiritually shaken by his experiences and retreated to the outer beach in Eastham for peace and solitude. The book was published in 1928 and it had a tremendous impact upon Rachel Carlson who said Beston was the only author who ever influenced her writing. It also inspired Washington legislators to create the Cape Cod National Seashore.
Mr. Beston led a rich life: Harvard grad, ambulance driver for the French Army, press representative for the U.S. Navy, author of children’s literature as well of books on nature, Dartmouth College lecturer, husband and father. You won’t want to miss Don Wilding’s enthusiastic presentation about this Cape Cod icon.