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									George Howe ColtGeorge Howe Colt
When former Life magazine reporter George Howe Colt set out to write a memoir on behalf of his 100-year-old summer house, he knew the old cottage had a story to tell. What he couldn't have known was that the resulting book, The Big House, would garner him a 2003 National Book Award nomination for nonfiction.

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Fact File

Name:
George Howe Colt
Current Home:
Whately, Massachusetts
Place of Birth:
El Paso, Texas
Education:
B.A., Harvard University, 1976; M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1978





2003 National Book Award Finalist

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								The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home, Author: 
								George Howe Colt.

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The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home
by George Howe Colt
"The wonder of this book is that the reader comes slowly, deeply, to comprehend the allure of a family world set staunchly against time, and the pathos of the author's struggle to let go of that world," says The New York Times of Colt's unique look into the poignant past of a century-old summer cottage on Cape Cod.



From Our Interview

In our exclusive interview with Colt, he mentioned that T. S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" is an all-time favorite. "A friend introduced me to this poem when I was 15," he recalls. "It was the first piece of writing that got inside me and inhabited every part of me. It was the first piece of writing that made me think, 'I'd like to be able to put words together that well.'"

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Photo by Ellen M. Augarten