Henry Beston (1888-1968) was a beloved American naturalist and author. He was a prolific writer of fiction, non-fiction, essays, poetry, and fairy tales for children. The Outermost House, his best-known book, was first published in 1925 and is today considered a classic work of American naturalist writing.
Daniel Payne is associate professor in the Department of English at the State University of New York-Oneonta. Currently writing the authorized critical biography of Henry Beston, he has contributed to the new introduction to the Wynford edition of The St. Lawrence.