Welcome to The House Without Windows!
This site is dedicated to sharing an extraordinary book. In 1927, Barbara Newhall Follett published a book called The House Without Windows & Eepersip's Life There. The book had an interesting history. Barbara, a gifted child, wrote the story as a gift to her mother when she was eight years old. Her father originally thought to have a small number of bound copies made for friends. But just after it was completed and ready for printing, it burned in a fire.
Over the next three years, Barbara painstakingly recreated it, and around this time her father thought that it was so unique that perhaps it should be published. Knopf Publishing accepted it and it was released to great acclaim. Barbara was declared a child prodigy and was for a time very famous. Given how literate the writing is, it’s not hard to see why.
Many reviewers gave it high praise:
“I don’t know what to
call this book, except a miracle.”
“There can be few who
have not at one time or another coveted the secret, innocent and wild at the
same time, of a child’s heart. And here is little Miss Barbara Follett, holding
the long-defended gate wide open and letting us enter and roam at our will over
“This is very
beautiful writing. But there are moments when, for one reader, this book grows
almost unbearably beautiful. It becomes an ache in his throat. Weary middle-age
and the clear delicacy of a dawn-Utopia, beckoning. . . . The contrast sharpens
to pain. One closes the book and shuffles about doggedly till one finds the
evening paper and smudges down to one’s element.”
“I think Barbara’s
fanciful story is an important contribution to child psychology; but, even
more, it is an exquisite piece of work which would have been greeted with loud
and deserved cheers if it had come from the pen of Walter de la Mare. There is
much poignant beauty in its descriptions, much that is real poetry in this
reflection of an idyllic outer work in the unflecked mirror of a child’s
It's a somewhat strange book that you might call a nature
fantasy. At its core, it's the story of a child who decides to "go wild" by running
away from her parents and returning to nature to live. But it's one of those books that re-reading allows one to find deeper meanings.