About the Author

Green Oasis in Brooklyn is John Rousmaniere’s 25th book. Most are about New York City or maritime subjects, and all have a deep sense of place and meaning, as well as stirring stories. Author Jonathan Raban said this about Rousmaniere’s two books about deadly storms at sea, Fastnet, Force 10 and After the Storm

“Among writers who sail and sailors who write, John Rousmaniere is unrivaled in his technical expertise, his breadth of thought and feeling, and in his vigor and lucidity as a storyteller.”

Those qualities are evident in his lively, thoughtful, and well-illustrated histories of New York institutions. Besides the Evergreens Cemetery, he has written books and articles about the Equitable Life Assurance Society, the women’s settlement house movement, the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, and the New York Yacht Club. Rousmaniere has also written books about photography (Sleek) and Jewish-Christian relations (A Bridge to Dialogue), and he contributed many essays to The Encyclopedia of New York City and The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Columbia University, and the Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York. He has taught history at the United States Military Academy at West Point and writing at the College of New Rochelle and Union Theological Seminary. Descended from a French soldier who fought on the American side in the American Revolution, John Rousmaniere (pronounced “Room-an-ear”) lives in Manhattan with his wife Leah Ruth Robinson Rousmaniere, author of the series of Dr. Evelyn Sutcliffe medical thrillers, including Blood Run and First Cut.

John Rousmaniere says this about cemeteries: “The story of a cemetery has four threads. The first is its physical place. The second is the community of people who created and maintained it. Then, of course, is the very large community of people who are there permanently. And the fourth thread in the narrative of a cemetery is the collection rituals that define cemeteries in general and this cemetery in particular.”