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Beston, Henry, 1888-1968



Henry Beston was born on June 1, 1888 in Quincy, Massachusetts. Beston attended Adams Academy in Quincy before earning his B.A. (1909) and M.A. (1911) from Harvard College. In 1912, Beston began teaching at the University of Lyon. In 1914, he returned to Harvard as an English department assistant. Beston joined the French army in 1915 and served as an ambulance driver. n 1918, Beston became a press representative for the U.S. Navy. Publications include "A Volunteer Poilu"(1916), "Full Speed Ahead" (1919), "The Firelight Fairy Book"(1919) and "The Starlight Wonder Book"(1921). One of his most important work was "The Outermost House" (1928) which is now considered a Cap Cod nature literary classic. Beston died on April 15, 1968.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Henry Beston papers

Identifier: MS-90
Date(s): 1933 to 1956

Henry Beston (1888-1968), writer and naturalist. The collection contains correspondence and manuscripts as well as lecture notes.

Nausett Life Saving Station wreck report

Identifier: 003436
Codex 003436
Date(s): 1882-12-03 to 1912-10-01

Wreck Reports of the Nausett Life Saving Station in Eastham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Contains particulars about each vessel and crew as well as a detailed report about each incident. Includes letter from Henry Beston to Harold Rugg about his donation of the wreck report notebook.

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