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The House at Lobster Cove

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Registration is NOT required
Members: Free | Visitors: Free with admission ($10)

The House at Lobster Cove

Jane Goodrich 

In The House at Lobster Cove, you see behind the doors of Kragsyde, the famous shingle-style house that once sheltered and shaped the elusive Bostonian George Nixon Black. While Black was probably content to slip away unnoticed, Kragsyde was to have no such fate. Published many times when it was first designed, and adored by architects and scholars ever since, the marvelous and photogenic house has made it impossible for Black to disappear.

Using characters, letters and events from history, Jane Goodrich's first novel is part family saga and part love story, as well as an engaging personal journey for the author. Although Kragsyde was demolished in 1929, it was later rebuilt, in every detail, by Goodrich and her husband, doing all the work themselves on an island in Maine.

Jane Goodrich, a co-founder of Saturn Press, is a native of New England. A lifelong love of the ninenteenth century has inspired her work as a designer, builder, printer, and storyteller. Writing from a room that sits above the Kragsyde's rebuilt famous arch, Goodrich has penned The House at Lobster Cove—a vividly imagined and historically accurate picture of a man who has long inspired her.     

Designed by architects Robert Swain Peabody and John Goddard Stearns, Kragsyde was built in Manchester-by-the-Sea in 1883. Make an appointment in the Vershbow Rare Books Reading Room to see more of Robert Swain Peabody’s designs in his Architectural Sketchbook.


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