We use cookies to provide essential features and services. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies .


COVID-19 Response at Fishpond

Read what we're doing...

Solid Seasons


Product Description
Product Details

Promotional Information


  • National media outreach to literary publications (Bookfourm, NYRB), newspapers, men's magazines (Esquire, GQ), NPR, literary podcasts
  • Excerpt in literary publications such as Harper's, New Yorker, Smithsonian, The Atlantic etc.
  • Targeted media outreach throughout MA
  • Historical outreach (print, online, podcasts)
  • Author promotion through website at www.jeffreyscramer.com

    Tour Schedule:

    Tuesday, April 9th [LAUNCH]
    Walden Woods Project, 7:30pm
    Lincoln, MA

    Tuesday, April 16th
    Harvard Book Store, 7:00pm
    Cambridge, MA

    Thursday, April 18th
    The Providence Athenaeum, 5:00pm
    Providence, RI
    *in conversation with Prof. Carol DeBoer-Langworthy

    Sunday, May 19th
    Concord Bookshop, 3:00pm
    Concord, MA
  • About the Author

    JEFFREY S. CRAMER is the editor of Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition, winner of a 2004 National Outdoor Book Award, and The Quotable Thoreau, recipient of an Umhoefer Prize for Achievement in Humanities. In 2017, Cramer was the historical consultant for the Ken Burns-produced documentary Walden, created for the Walden Pond State Reservation during the Thoreau Bicentennial. Cramer is the curator of collections at the Walden Woods Project's Thoreau Institute Library. He lives in Maynard, Massachusetts.


    Praise for Solid Seasons

    "An engaging account of the friendship between Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson-his mentor, friend and fellow writer." -Danny Heitman, The Wall Street Journal

    "Solid Seasons is the patient mastery of an enormous body of work . . . The book slowly sifts and sorts and reshapes how we understand each man . . . It's an idiosyncratic book, a minimalist history, Thoreauvian in its desire to be just as it is, generous in the way it bares itself, full of trust that readers are smart enough to spin conclusions for themselves, and intense in its demand that they elevate themselves to the task." -Daegan Miller, Los Angeles Review of Books

    "The abiding strength of the tie between the two writers emerges as an animating presence in both men's journals and correspondence, which Cramer mines for quotations that allow each writer to give his own unmediated account of their friendship . . . An illuminating history of an exceptional friendship." -Booklist (starred review)

    "Cramer's lucid, spare writing and deep knowledge join one quotation to the next without seeming effort. The book's two primary characters become familiars, each one easily approached, often via the observation of the other. Cramer has a knack for choosing and integrating his subjects' words, and from that you get sentences and stories that are easy walking. That sums to a wonderful read, both for the general reader interested in Emerson and Thoreau, and for those who feel themselves academic family to these two famous 19th-century thinkers and writers." -Sandy Stott, The Roost

    "Jeffrey S. Cramer describes how, as in all long friendships, the pair had their sunny and overcast days as well as periods of revelation and frustration . . . Each helped the other see himself-both strengths and limitations-more clearly." -Bob Blaisdell, The Christian Science Monitor

    "Cramer (The Quotable Thoreau) intelligently examines the bond between two famous authors in an admirable volume that mixes biography with selections of their writing . . . The words offer inquisitive readers encouragement to refresh their acquaintance with Emerson and Thoreau through this 'new view of an old story.'" -Publishers Weekly

    "Editor of many works by Emerson and Thoreau and curator of collections at the Walden Woods Project's Thoreau Institute, Cramer brings both authority and sensitivity to his biographical overview and to a judicious selection of excerpts from the men's prolific writings . . . A deeply sympathetic dual biography." -Kirkus Reviews

    "This is a rich cornucopia for Emerson and Thoreau enthusiasts, who will feel the pulse of each man's heart beat through the words as they come alive on the page." -Cynthia-Marie Marmo O'Brien, America: The Jesuit Review of Faith & Culture

    Ask a Question About this Product More...
    Write your question below:
    Item ships from and is sold by Fishpond.com, Inc.
    Back to top