October 25 - 1908: Cape author Joe Lincoln starts to make us famous

"Down East, Cape Cod Way" where folks still say "I swan"
Postcard of a bygone day when a new novel cost $1.50.

"Down East, Cape Cod Way"

Where folks still say "I swan"

On this day in 1908, the New York Times books review section extolled a book by Cape Cod author Joseph C. Lincoln which probably did more for our fledgling hospitality industry than a dozen full page ads.

And his latest novel cost $1.50 back then.

Just read the first sentence to see what I mean:

To any unfortunate person who has not been away this summer to that delightful seashore region where the breeze comes over the marshes wet and salty and sweet, and there are folk who really say "I swan," and opportunity is afforded to go there this winter in spirit over the fire, in "Cy Whittaker's Place," a new story by Joseph C. Lincoln...

Now read the rest below.


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