Harry Caskie Stinnett (1911–98) was an American travel writer, humorist, and magazine editor. Stinnett’s travel stories and essays frequently appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Travel & Leisure, The Saturday Evening Post, The Ladies’ Home Journal, and other periodicals. He claimed that he traveled a great deal because he didn’t want his life “disrupted by routine.”
Born in Remington, Virginia, Stinnett graduated from William and Mary College. After building his career as a newspaper reporter, he became travel editor and eventually editor in chief of Holiday magazine and later the editor of Travel & Leisure magazine.
Stinnett owned a 3 1/2-acre island called “Hamloaf” island in Casco Bay in Maine and wrote that he appreciated the island “for looking the same as it did 1,000 years ago.” In One Man’s Island: Reflections on Maine Life from Slightly Offshore (1984,) Stinnett wrote, “The thought of owning an island is perhaps the most romantic concept left to humankind in the 20th Century.”
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