Gift from the Sea

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Gift from the Sea
First edition
AuthorAnne Morrow Lindbergh
CountryUnited States
PublisherPantheon Books
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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 the essay-style work by taking shells on the beach for inspiration and reflecting on the lives of Americans, particularly American women, in the mid-20th 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 top nonfiction bestseller in the United States for 1955.[1]


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

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