Books: Before the Fall

TO THE HARBOR LIGHT

by HENRY BEETLE HOUGH

210 pages. Houghton Mifflin. $8.95.

New Englanders generally, not to mention hordes of fancy estivators from New York and Washington, know Henry Beetle Hough as the fabled and enduring editor of a much loved Martha's Vineyard paper, the biweekly Vineyard Gazette. But the paper was sold soon after Hough's wife of 45 years died, in 1965. Hough himself is now edging toward 80. He lives alone in a seven-room house in Edgartown, Mass., with a philosophical three-year-old collie named Graham. Except for Graham, he regards the...

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