The Outermost House

The Outermost House is a book by naturalist writer Henry Beston. It was published in 1928 by Doubleday and Doran and is now published by Henry Holt and Company in New York City. It chronicles a season spent living on the dunes of Cape Cod.
Beston’s “Fo’castle,” the 20×16 beach cottage which served as the setting for the book The Outermost House, was built in June 1925, and claimed by the sea in February 1978. Beston (born Henry Beston Sheahan in 1888; died 1968) named the cottage “the Fo’castle” because its ten windows and its commanding presence on top of a dune overlooking the open Atlantic Ocean gave him the feeling of being aboard a ship. Over time, the structure also came to be known as “The Outermost House.”


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by Henry Beston