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Orion on the Dunes: A Biography of Henry Beston

Orion on the Dunes: A Biography of Henry Beston

by Daniel Payne


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Devotees of The Outermost House (and they are legion) will be profoundly grateful for Daniel Payne's superb biography of Henry Beston, a man who wrote one of the enduring classics of American nature writing, but whose life story until now has remained largely untold. Among its many virtues, Orion on the Dunes unearths the forces that shaped Beston's remarkable book, forces carefully hidden but deeply felt by anyone who has ever read it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781567925494
Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Pages: 500
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xv

Foreground: A Sense of Place xxvii

1 A New England Boyhood of Sea and Shore, 1888-1915 3

2 A Volunteer Poilu, 1915-1916 27

3 The Violence and Imbecilities of Men, 1916-1919 57

4 Weary of Armageddon, 1919-1923 77

5 A Gallant Vagabond, 1923-1926 105

6 Orion Rises on the Dunes, 1926-1928 129

7 Henry and Elizabeth, 1929-1932 165

8 The Revelation of the Earth, 1932-1935 199

9 The Divine Consciousness and the Soul of Man, 1936-1940 223

10 A Naturalist Looks at War, 1941-1945 245

11 The Cosmic Chill, 1945-1952 269

12 The Minotaur Downstairs, 1953-1958 295

13 On the Side of Life, 1959-1968 319

Epilogue 335

Commonly Used Abbreviations 339

Bibliography 341

Notes 351

Index 383

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