Stinnett, Caskie (1911 - 1998)

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born in Remington, Virginia on August 25, 1911, but 'a Mainer by inclination,' Stinnett wrote the monthly 'Room with a View' column in Down East magazine for 26 years, reflecting on Maine life and his own life lived on a private island -- Hamloaf Island -- in Casco Bay, near Brunswick. Stinnett was the founding editor of Travel and Leisure magazine, editor of Holiday magazine (editor-in-chief, 1967-1970), and a past president of the Society of American Travel Writers.

He also wrote pieces for The Atlantic Monthly, Realities, and The Saturday Evening Post. Prior to his writing career, he was a reporter with the News-Leader in Staunton, Virginia from 1932 to 1936, and an information specialist for the U.S. government from 1936 to 1945. He worked for Curtis Publishing Company from 1945 to 1962.

Selected Bibliography

  • Will Not Run February 22nd. (1956)
  • Out of the Red (1960)
  • Back to Abnormal (1963)
  • Grand and Private Pleasures (1977),
  • One Man's Island (1984; collections of 'Room with a View' columns)
  • Slightly Offshore: More Reflections on Contemporary Life from a Small Maine Island (1992; more 'Room with a View' columns, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen)

Stinnett wrote the preface for Herman Silverman's Michener and Me: A Memoir (1999) and the introduction to Fodor's New England (1978). He died November 5, 1998 at home in Wayne, Pennsylvania; a private memorial service took place on his Maine island.