On Eagle Pond

A life well-lived in rural New England, through the eyes of a master essayist and poet. This collection includes Donald Hall’s Seasons at Eagle Pond, Here at Eagle Pond, the poem “Daylilies on the Hill,” and many uncollected pieces.

Here is Donald Hall on letter writing, possessions, the past, wood stoves, the weather, the Boston Red Sox, satellite dishes, and much more from Eagle Pond Farm – his ancestral home in New Hampshire, where he visited his grandparents as a young boy. Throughout, Hall beautifully narrates the flow of one season into then next, taking the good with the bad and moving on, knowing that the cycle always begins again. Approaching all facets of life with a sense of simplicity and love, Hall’s distills the human experience so uniquely that readers will return to these essays again and again, each time learning something new.

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Donald Hall was revered as a preeminent man of American letters. Hall served as U.S. Poet Laureate from 2006—2007, but was also considered among the greatest essayists of his time. In 2010, Hall was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. Hall approached writing as he approached life–with simplicity, affection, and a wry wit.

Thomas W. Nason was a print artist whose ability to capture mood and depth demonstrates his mastery. Nason was a member of the National Academy of Design in New York City; the National Institute of Arts and Letters in New York City; the Society of American Etchers; the Salmagundi Club in New York City; the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts; the Chicago Society of Etcher; the Philadelphia Society of Etchers; and Associate member of the National Academy of Design.