Beston, Henry, 1888-1968

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Henry Beston was an American writer best known for his book of reflections on man and nature, The Outermost house.

From the description of Henry Beston's fairy tales : manuscripts, 1922-1952. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 79715861

Henry Beston was an American writer best known for his book of reflections on man and nature, The outermost house.

From the guide to the Henry Beston's fairy tales, 1922-1952., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Henry Beston (born June 1, 1888 in Boston; died April 15, 1968 in Nobleboro, Maine) was an American writer and naturalist, best known as the author of The Outermost House, written in 1925. Henry Beston Sheahan grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts with his parents, Dr. Joseph Sheahan and Marie Louise (Maurice) Beston Sheahan, and brother George. Beston attended Adams Academy in Quincy before earning his B.A. (1909) and M.A. (1911) from Harvard College. After leaving Harvard, Beston took up teaching at 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. His service in le Bois le Pretre and at the Battle of Verdun was described in his first book, A Volunteer Poilu . In 1918, Beston became a press representative for the U.S. Navy. Highlights from this period include being the only American correspondent to travel with the British Grand Fleet and to be aboard an American destroyer during combat engagement and sinking. His second book of journalistic work, Full Speed Ahead, described these experiences.

Biographical Source:,2008

From the guide to the Henry Beston Papers, 1966-1970, (University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc])

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creatorOf Eichenberg, Fritz, 1901-1990. The tree that ran away : production material, [1941?]. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
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referencedIn Frank Manny papers, 1890-1955 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Coatsworth, Elizabeth Jane, 1893-1986. Papers, 1893-1986 (bulk 1930-1974). University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Derleth, August William, 1909-1971. August William Derleth papers, 1858, 1907-1978. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Beston, Henry, 1888-1968. Henry Beston's fairy tales : manuscripts, 1922-1952. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Shaw, Thomas Shuler, 1906-. Papers of Thomas Shuler Shaw, 1944-1946. Library of Congress
referencedIn Speck, Frank Gouldsmith. Frank Gouldsmith Speck Papers. 1903-1950. American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Sheahan, Elizabeth Jane (Coatsworth), 1893-. Postcard, 1951 March 7, Nobleboro, Me., to Mr. and Mrs. Jason Westerfield, Camden, Me. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Beston, Henry, 1888-1968. Papers. 1933-1956. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Edwin Way Teale Papers, undated, 1799-1995. Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries
creatorOf Howe family. Papers of the Howe-Richards family, 1840-1950. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Wheelwright, John, 1897-1940. Papers of John Wheelwright, 1924-1944. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Mitchell, Stewart, 1892-1957. Papers, 1839-1957. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Manny, Frank Addison, 1868-1954. Frank Addison Manny papers, 1890-1955. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Coatsworth, Elizabeth Jane, 1893-1986. Papers 1930-1968. Raymond H. Fogler Library
referencedIn Lewis Gannett papers, 1681-1966 (inclusive) 1900-1960 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn O'Brien, Francis M. Francis M. O'Brien papers, ca. 1938-1994. Maine Historical Society Library
referencedIn John Collier papers, 1910-1987 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf West, Herbert Faulkner, 1898-1974. Papers, 1909-1975. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn New Yorker records, ca.1924-1984 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn John Collier papers Yale University Library
creatorOf Henry Beston's fairy tales, 1922-1952. Houghton Library
creatorOf Beston, Henry, 1888-1968. The city under the sea : from the twilight fairy book / by Henry Beston Sheahan of Quincy, Mass. Old Colony Library Network, OCLN
creatorOf Henry Beston Papers, 1966-1970 University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc]
referencedIn Collier, John, 1884-1968. John Collier papers, 1910-1987 (inclusive). Yale University Library
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associatedWith Beston, Henry, 1888- person
associatedWith Coatsworth, Elizabeth Jane, 1893-1986. person
associatedWith Collier, John, 1884-1968. person
associatedWith Derleth, August William, 1909-1971. person
associatedWith Eichenberg, Fritz, 1901-1990. person
correspondedWith Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966 person
associatedWith Henry Beston's person
associatedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Howe family. family
associatedWith Manny, Frank Addison, 1868-1954. person
associatedWith Mitchell, Stewart, 1892-1957. person
correspondedWith New Yorker Magazine, Inc corporateBody
associatedWith O'Brien, Francis M. person
associatedWith Rugg, Harold Goddard, 1883-1957. person
correspondedWith Shaw, Thomas Shuler, 1906- person
associatedWith Sheahan, Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth. person
associatedWith Sheahan, Elizabeth Jane (Coatsworth), 1893- person
associatedWith Smith, F. Morton (Frederick Morton), b. 1886. person
associatedWith Speck, Frank Gouldsmith, 1881-1950 person
correspondedWith Teale, Edwin Way, 1899- person
associatedWith Thomas Crane Public Library. corporateBody
associatedWith West, Herbert Faulkner, 1898-1974. person
associatedWith Wheelwright, John, 1897-1940. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Quincy (Mass.)
Fairy tales


Birth 1888-06-01

Death 1968-04-15



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