Hingham, Massachusetts: Henry Beston, 1946.
Original autographed New Year's greeting and stamped envelope. Written, signed and addressed by Henry Beston to his long-time friend and photographer, Clayton Smith of Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
On spending the holidays with his in-laws, away from Chimney Farm, he writes "Nobody could be more kind but oh! how I long for my own woodpile and my own hearth fire!".
The naturalist's frustration with the state of the world and his love of the natural order foreshadows today's climate change concerns:
"ALL OF US WHO LOVE AND HONOR THE EARTH MUST CLOSE RANKS NOW AND FIGHT TO THE LAST WALL. THE DESTRUCTIONISTS SHALL NOT HAVE OUR LOVELY AND MYSTERIOUS EARTH!"
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HENRY BESTON was an American writer and naturalist, and is considered one of the fathers of the modern environmental movement. His now classic observations of Cape Cod are captured in his classic, The Outermost House, written after Beston spent what he called "a year of life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod", and has been called one of the motivating factors behind the establishment of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Author Rachel Carson said that Beston was the only author who ever influenced her writing. Beston married writer Elizabeth Coatsworth in 1929.
Item #33015 Price: US$750.00