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From the Publisher"This interesting multidisciplinary study casts a wide net over the use of seasonal motifs in American culture. . . . Provocative and useful."
— Journal of American Studies
A Time to Every Purpose is a fascinating look at American responses to nature and its seasons through changing intellectual and cultural moments. Michael Kammen reaches deeply and imaginatively into art, literature, and popular culture to produce a multidimensional study that highlights change and continuity in Americans' relationship to the natural world and the tropes that represent it. (Joy Kasson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Kammen explores the artistic motif of the four seasons, paying particular attention to distinctly American manifestations. He offers an intellectual history of this idiom and investigates its expression in the fine arts, writing, & material culture as seen in work from Henry David Thoreau, Annie Dillard, Rachel Carson, Norman Rockwell, Marc Chagall, even in seed catalogs and the art of school children.