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Hingham, Massachusetts: Henry Beston, 1944.
Original autographed postcard, two (2) page letter and stamped envelope. Written, signed and addressed by Henry Beston to his long-time friend and photographer, Clayton Smith of Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
The postcard features a photograph of the porch at Chimney Farm, along with the personal message.
Beston's letter waxes poetic about the farm, "I am happiest with my own northerners, the deep snowfalls, the beauty of the burning nights, and the blessed silence of the farming land, that vast silence which is a pool of so many lesser silences." which he misses while spending the holiday in Massachusetts. But he is a victim of the times ... "Our good faithful farm lad, too, is in the midst of this terrible business on the western front, and the farm chores can take about every minute of one's time. So I am suburbanite, and a d-d bad one!"
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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 #33022 Price: US$650.00