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Cape Cod

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Descriptive work by Thoreau, posthumously published (1865) and edited by the younger W. E. Channing, after chapters had been printed in Putnam's Magazine (1855) and the Atlantic Monthly (1864). Describing the natural environment and people of “the bare and bended arm of Massachusetts,” the account is based on the author's experiences during three short visits to Cape Cod (Oct. 1849; June 1850; July 1855) and includes ten essays on the history and character of the inhabitants, “The Highland Light,” Nantucket, the sea, the beach, and other aspects of the Cape.

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Henry David Thoreau (1817—1862) American essayist and poet