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How Spring Came in New England   By: (1829-1900)

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How Spring Came in New England by Charles Dudley Warner is a delightful collection of essays that captures the essence of the changing seasons in this picturesque region. Warner's lyrical writing style and keen observations transport readers through the transformative journey from winter to spring in New England.

The book begins with a vivid description of the lingering grip of winter, as Warner skillfully paints a picture of the harsh, unforgiving landscape. He eloquently portrays the desolation and solitude that winter imposes on the region, evoking a sense of longing for the arrival of spring. Through the interplay of his words, the reader acutely feels the weight of the snowy landscapes and barren trees, creating an almost tangible atmosphere.

As the book progresses, Warner masterfully depicts the gradual transition into the season of rebirth. His appreciation for the natural world shines through his detailed observations of the awakening plants and animals. From the first signs of melting snow to the budding of flowers and the return of birdsong, Warner captures the joy and vitality that accompanies the arrival of spring.

Beyond the physical changes, the author also delves into the impact of spring on the human spirit. He explores the themes of renewal, hope, and the anticipation of warmer days ahead. Warner's introspective reflections offer a refreshing perspective on the renewal of life that spring brings, reminding readers of the resilience and possibility inherent in both nature and ourselves.

In addition to the beauty of its content, How Spring Came in New England is enhanced by the author's exceptional prose. Each sentence is carefully crafted, and Warner's talent for imagery is evident throughout the book. Whether he is describing a field of blooming wildflowers or the play of sunlight on a crystal-clear brook, his writing paints a vivid picture that transports readers to the heart of New England's springtime landscape.

While the subject matter may seem specific to the region, Warner's writing possesses a universal appeal. The themes explored in the book resonate with anyone who appreciates the cycle of the seasons and the transformative power of nature. Whether one has experienced a New England spring firsthand or not, the vivid imagery and thoughtful reflections in Warner's work allow readers to connect with the essence of this season, regardless of location.

Ultimately, How Spring Came in New England is a captivating read, offering a unique perspective on the arrival of this cherished season. Charles Dudley Warner's enchanting prose and profound observations make this book a standout in the realm of nature writing. It is a celebration of the resilience of nature, the rebirth of the spirit, and the beauty that can be found in the simplest of moments.

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By Charles Dudley Warner

New England is the battle ground of the seasons. It is La Vendee. To conquer it is only to begin the fight. When it is completely subdued, what kind of weather have you? None whatever.

What is this New England? A country? No: a camp. It is alternately invaded by the hyperborean legions and by the wilting sirens of the tropics. Icicles hang always on its northern heights; its seacoasts are fringed with mosquitoes. There is for a third of the year a contest between the icy air of the pole and the warm wind of the gulf. The result of this is a compromise: the compromise is called Thaw. It is the normal condition in New England. The New Englander is a person who is always just about to be warm and comfortable. This is the stuff of which heroes and martyrs are made. A person thoroughly heated or frozen is good for nothing. Look at the Bongos. Examine (on the map) the Dog Rib nation. The New Englander, by incessant activity, hopes to get warm. Edwards made his theology. Thank God, New England is not in Paris!

Hudson's Bay, Labrador, Grinnell's Land, a whole zone of ice and walruses, make it unpleasant for New England. This icy cover, like the lid of a pot, is always suspended over it: when it shuts down, that is winter. This would be intolerable, were it not for the Gulf Stream... Continue reading book >>

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