"Coast Calendar," says its Pulitzer Prize-winning author, "is the story of the work and play, the human nature and the weather, the fauna and flora, the ups and downs in a sample, all-around Main family that mixes farming of the sea with farming of the land." It is Robert P. Tristram Coffin's delightful chronicle of a year on the Maine coast.
It is the world of coastal Maine, but it is a wider world, too. Perhaps the deep frost and special swing of the stars and the sweep of the sea belong to Maine, but the fine day-to-day detail of living in tune with the seasons and nature will stir memories for many of a way of life that is rapidly passing.
Rebert P. Tristram Coffin was a descendant of the original English settlers of Maine and an acclaimed historian of his time. He was also a poet and essayist and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1935. He attended Bowdoin College in Maine and later taught there while writing many of his thirty-seven books.