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"On studying the map, I saw that there must be an uninterrupted beach on the east or outside of the forearm of the Cape, more than thirty miles from the general line of the coast," he would later write, "which would afford a good sea view." Henry David believed that he could walk this Great Outer Beach for some twenty-eight miles without any obstruction. By the autumn of 1849 he was ready to make the first of four trips to Cape Cod to encounter the ocean and to witness whatever influences the Atlantic must have had on the land, as well as the people who live upon it.
For the most part, these places which Thoreau visited are among the 45,000 acres designated as the Cape Cod National Seashore in 1961. And though his footprints have long since vanished, his thoughts still run through the minds of all who come to this peninsula and witness the ocean for themselves. Whether you choose to pack this volume and walk with Thoreau, or sit still and savor its significance, you will find elsewhere no better companion than the author and no better authority than this work.
Thoreau's classic account of his meditative, beach-combing walking trips to Cape Cod in the early 1850s, reflecting on the elemental forces of the sea. With an introduction by Paul Theroux. This is one of the first titles in Penguin's new Nature Library series.
|Chapter I||The Shipwreck||13|
|Chapter II||Stage-Coach Views||25|
|Chapter III||The Plains of Nauset||35|
|Chapter IV||The Beach||54|
|Chapter V||The Wellfleet Oysterman||71|
|Chapter VI||The Beach Again||89|
|Chapter VII||Across the Cape||109|
|Chapter VIII||The Highland Light||125|
|Chapter IX||The Sea and the Desert||145|
|Epilogue: Thoreau's Final Visit||217|