Gift from the Sea

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First edition (publ. Pantheon Books)

Gift from the Sea is a book by Anne Morrow Lindbergh first published in 1955.

While on vacation on Florida's Captiva Island in the early 1950s, Lindbergh wrote this essay-style work taking shells on the beach for inspiration, and reflecting on the lives of Americans, particularly American women, in the mid-twentieth century. She shares her meditations on youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude and contentment during her visit.

Sometimes classified as inspirational literature, the book presages many of the themes in that genre of popular literature: simplicity, solitude and caring for the soul. Gift from the Sea has sold over 3 million copies and has been translated into 45 languages.

According to Publishers Weekly, the book was the number one non-fiction bestseller in the United States for 1955.[1]


  1. ^ Hackett, Alice Payne. 70 years of bestsellers: 1895-1965 (1967), p, 162

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