Seasons at Eagle Pond

Seasons at Eagle Pond

by Donald Hall, Thomas W. Nason
     
 

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A heartfelt celebration of the New England seasons in a charmingly illustrated, slipcased gift edition by New England's pre-eminent poet. Lyrical, comic and elegiac, it sings of a land and culture that is disappearing under the assault of change.See more details below

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A heartfelt celebration of the New England seasons in a charmingly illustrated, slipcased gift edition by New England's pre-eminent poet. Lyrical, comic and elegiac, it sings of a land and culture that is disappearing under the assault of change.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In celebration of New England and the seasons, the poet laureate of New Hampshire records his love of place. The place is a 180-year-old farmland, Eagle Pond, the home of Hall's grandparents and now his home. ``There's no reason to live here except for love,'' writes Hall as he describes the sight of huge Holsteins frolicking or, when impatient for the arrival of spring, he suggests pushing winter ``off to a condominium in the keys of Antarctica.'' This collection of four essays by a close observer of the natural world is a blend of reminiscences, anecdotes and vignettes that capture continuity of family and the quiet delights of rural life in each season. Hall is the author of String Too Short to Be Saved and Fathers Playing Catch With Sons. (November 3)
Library Journal
Hall gives us an intimate sketch of his beloved New Hampshire, where he summered with his grandparents at their homestead on Eagle Pond in Danbury: ``By the time I was sixteen I daydreamed of living here as a writer; in my twenties I learned that this was impractical; in my forties I did it.'' All four essays lucidly entwine Hall's past and present lives. Unfortunately, they are self-consciously nostalgic and therefore somewhat oppressive; perhaps because this was the season of Hall's childhood, ``Summer'' is the best realized. Still, this provides yet another backdrop against which we may examine Hall's poetry, his fiction, and his plays.Taryn Schaeneman, Kingsborough Community Coll., Brooklyn, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780899195421
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/28/1987
Edition description:
None
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

DONALD HALL, who served as poet laureate of the United States from 2006 to 2007, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, awarded by the president.

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