Cape Cod

Cape Cod

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140170023
  • 336 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • 18 and up


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

Cape Cod chronicles Henry David Thoreau’s journey of discovery along this evocative stretch of Massachusetts coastline, during which time he came to understand the complex relationship between the sea and the shore. He spent his nights in lighthouses, in fishing huts, and on isolated farms. He passed his days wandering the beaches, where he observed the wide variety of life and death offered up by the ocean. Through these observations, Thoreau discovered that the only way to truly know the sea—its depth, its wildness, and the natural life it contained—was to study it from the shore. Like his most famous work, Walden, Cape Cod is full of Thoreau’s unique perceptions and precise descriptions. But it is also full of his own joy and wonder at having stumbled across a new frontier so close to home, where a man may stand and “put all America behind him.”

Part of the Penguin Nature Library
Series Editor: Edward Hoagland
With an Introduction by Paul Theroux
Cape Cod

Cape Cod

Henry David Thoreau, Introduction by: Paul Theroux


Nature Library, Penguin
Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau

Table of Contents

I. The Shipwreck
II. Stage-coach Views
III. The Plains of Nauset
IV. The Beach
V. The Wellfleet Oysterman
VI. The Beach Again
VII. Across the Cape
VIII. The Highland Light
IX. The Sea and the Desert