Fall Author Visits

The House At Lobster Cove by Jane Goodrich

Wednesday, October 17

6:30 - 8:00 PM

Crofutt Community Room


This book talk will take place just a few days after the 164th anniversary of Father John Bapst being driven out of Ellsworth on a rail, October 14, 1854. A vivid portrayal of this event takes place early in the novel and underscores George Nixon Black's interactions with the world around him for the rest of his life.  Part of the research for this book was conducted at the Bangor Public Library the architect of which, Peabody and Stearns, also designed Kragsyde, the House at Lobster Cove. The author, Jane Goodrich, and her husband recreated this magnificent house on Swan's Island. 

The first edition of this books was an artisanal work combining all aspects of Ms. Goodrich’s distinguished career—building, designing, telling stories, writing, and printing. The paper cover with flaps were letterpress printed on 100% cotton paper at the studio of Saturn press and also included a special tipped-in letterpress title page. This edition invited the reader to become absorbed in the author’s narrative and her artistry.


Jane will present a slide show of historic images related to the book, concentrating on people and events connected to the Ellsworth and Bangor areas.  Using characters, letters and events from History, and spanning the period between the Civil War and the Jazz Age, “The House At Lobster Cove” is part family saga, part love story, and an engaging person journey set against the magnificence and mercilessness of the 19th century. Books will be available for purchase.  

"He was Boston's largest taxpayer with little interest in civic affairs. He was listed yearly in the Blue Book and joined no clubs. He possessed a dining room overlooking Boston Common and never entertained.


If George Nixon Black was mentioned at all, it was almost as rumor. He came and went from the opera in a carriage pulled by horses that were the envy of his peers. If he were glimpsed on the street, it was almost always with one of his beloved dogs by his side. His magnificent seaside greenhouses boasted rare plants, his collection of antiques and paintings, seldom exhibited, were said to be extraordinary. When his own portrait was painted, just twice, he chose women artists. Each winter he quietly boarded a luxury European-bound steamship with a man eighteen years his junior. The two had lived together for years.

Black's life was exceptional for his time. After a youth marred by violence and uncertainty, and a life of great privilege contrasted with the awareness of the danger his lifestyle placed him in, his happiness is remarkable and his secrecy understandable.

In the end, it was his house that gave him away. While Black himself was probably content to slip unnoticed into history, Kragsyde, his house at Lobster Cove, 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.

In The House at Lobster Cove, you will meet the elusive Boston bachelor who was a curious blend of humility and fierceness, and see behind the doors of Kragsyde, the house that sheltered and shaped him, and continued to tell his story long after both were gone."

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