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The Story of Mount Desert Island

Softcover, 116 pages, Nonfiction, History

ISBN: 978-1-934031-01-8

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About this Book:

The Story of Mount Desert Island is part tribute to the glories and beauty of a place and part history of its people who could be “fisherman, sailor, farmer, lumberman, shipwright, and quarryman rolled into one, and master of all.” Originally conceived as a speech delivered to benefit local libraries, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Samuel Eliot Morison developed the text into a book that was first published in 1960.

This revised edition adds historical photographs and commentary by Morison’s daughter, Emily Morison Beck, editor of Sailor Historian, an anthology of Morison’s work, and Gregory M. Pfitzer, an associate professor at Skidmore College and author of Samuel Eliot Morison’s Historical World. But the text is vintage Morison.

Morison’s breezy style captures the high points of the island’s glorious history and touches on many of Morison’s own passions: from the early Abenaki tribes to the great European explorers to the island residents and rusticators, of which Morison was one, owning “cottages” in both Northeast Harbor and Tremont.

The Story of Mount Desert Island is also colored by Morison’s love of the sea. He spent a lifetime sailing the island’s surrounding waters, exploring the outer islands and absorbing the sweeping beauty from the peaks of “l’Isle des Monts-deserts.”

The Story of Mount Desert Island
Samuel Eliot Morison

About this Author

The legendary Samuel Eliot Morison (1887-1976) was a giant among 20th century historians—twice winning the Pulitzer Prize and receiving numerous other honors including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and sitting...


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