The Library

A chronological list of published work by, including, and about Barbara, and some of B’s unpublished pieces, too. I’ll add more to the latter as I transcribe them.

At Liberty Shelter: Franconia Range
October 7-12, 1926

Twelve-year-old Barbara accompanied her father on her first backpacking trip into the mountains and wrote a long and vivid trip report soon afterward.
“The House Without Windows” (Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1927). Also published in paperback by Avon Camelot in 1968.

This is the book that Barbara is best known for, and it’s long out of print. Hardcover copies go for hundreds of dollars. However, “Chippy” has published a free ebook edition that you can download from his site.

“The House Without Windows” was also published in London (Knopf) and Holland (Lebowski Publishers).
“The Voyage of the Norman D. as Told by the Cabin-Boy” (Alfred A. Knopf, 1928).
Rocks, ca. 1931, unpublished.
“I’ve Got to Go to Sea Again” in Young Wings (June 1932).
In Defense of Butterflies in The Horn Book Magazine
(February 1933). Republished in February 2013 on The Horn Book site to coincide with the essay’s 80th anniversary.
Lost Island: A Romance, 1930-1934, unpublished. I’ve posted Barbara’s novel in seventeen installments: Chapter 1 is here.
Travels without a Donkey, 1934, unpublished. This long, delightful trip report describes Barbara’s and Nick’s walk through Maine in the summer of 1932.
  Mothballs in the Moon, ca. 1934, unpublished.

Also of note: Helen Follett’s two books of travel adventures with Barbara: “Magic Portholes” (1932) and “Stars to Steer By” (1934). As is the case with all of Barbara’s and Helen’s books, these are long out of print.


Harold Grier McCurdy & Helen Follett’s “Barbara: Unconscious Autobiography of a Child Genius” (University of North Carolina Press, 1966; reprinted in paperback by Ballantine Books, 1971), which introduced readers to a few of Barbara’s unpublished stories, poems, and letters.


My big book (638 pages) “Barbara Newhall Follett: A Life in Letters,” published in August 2015. Softcover and ebook available on Amazon and other online retailers.


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