Henry David Thoreau was a naturalist, essayist, poet, philosopher, and a leading transcendentalist. In Cape Cod (1865), Thoreau recounts his walking trips along a stretch of Massachusetts coastline, including Cape Cod, in the 1850s. The narrative is filled with his reflections on the elemental forces of the sea and the shore. Sleeping in lighthouses and fishing huts, and on isolated farms, Thoreau spent his days wandering the beaches to observe the drama of life and death unfolding on the coastline. Nature comes alive through Thoreau’s unique insights and descriptive prose. Cape Cod is an engaging and funny account of 19th-century life on the Cape long before it became a popular tourist destination.