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A Time to Every Purpose: The Four Seasons in American Culture Hardcover – March 20, 2004


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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.

"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)

"This interesting multidisciplinary study casts a wide net over the use of seasonal motifs in American culture. . . . Provocative and useful."
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Kammen is an entertaining and relentless guide. . . . [A Time to Every Purpose: The Four Seasons in American Culture] is full of information on obscure figures and should delight the curious pedant above all. From Thoreau and Bartram to Normal Rockwell and Woodie Guthrie, there is an abundance of fascinating material herein.--Virginia Quarterly Review



This is history at its very best, open to every possible morsel of evidence, each one treated with deep respect for its intrinsic character and meaning.--Indiana Magazine of History



A book as filled with wonder as the cycling of the seasons themselves.--Boston Globe



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



As befits a volume on the four seasons, this is a feast of a book. Kammen's encyclopedic range of references to the seasonal motif in every imaginable form sent me down a hundred delightful rabbit trails of further investigation.--Books & Culture



An ambitious, impressive and convincingly organized book that is profusely illustrated. . . . Kammen considers the seasons . . . in a knowledgeable way that leaves the reader undaunted. . . . His book is written in a style that is considered, lively and free from academic jargon. . . . Handsome and absorbing, A Time to Every Purpose is considerably successful in its exploration, offering to readers the likelihood that they will never regard the calendar in the same way again.--Los Angeles Times Book Review



This interesting multidisciplinary study casts a wide net over the use of seasonal motifs in American culture. . . . Provocative and useful.--Journal of American Studies

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