The Paper Garden

The Paper Garden : An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72

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In 1772, upon the death of her second husband, Mary Delany arose from her grief, picked up a pair of scissors, and, at the age of seventy-two, created a new art form: mixed-media collage. Over the next decade, Mrs. Delany produced an astonishing 985 botanically correct, breathtaking cut-paper flowers, now housed in the British Museum and referred to as the Flora Delanica. As she tracks the extraordinary life of Delany-friend of George Frideric Handel and Jonathan Swift-internationally acclaimed poet Molly Peacock weaves in delicate parallels in her own life and, in doing so, creates a profound and beautiful examination of the nature of creativity and art. This gorgeously designed book, featuring thirty-five full-color illustrations, is to be devoured as voraciously as one of the court dinners it describes.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 31.24mm | 625g
  • Bloomsbury Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Colour
  • 1608196976
  • 9781608196975
  • 21,117

Review quote

"The volume itself is a craft object, sumptuously presented and designed, on fine paper, with colophons and decorations, and full-page colour reproductions. . . . The Paper Garden will be everyone's favourite Christmas present this year."
-- Victoria Glendinning, "The Globe and Mail
"Like collage itself, The Paper Garden is carefully layered--part fascinating biography . . . part gripping memoir, . . . accompanied by dozens of vivid photo reproductions. Beautifully written and rendered."
-- "Maclean's"
Complementing her research, Peacock's prose is a delight. . . . A fascinating, uplifting and beautiful book."
-- Claire Holden Rothman, "The Gazette "(Montreal)
"Rich and poetic. . . . Teeming with life -- and gorgeous colour illustrations."
-- "Winnipeg Free Press"
"The perfect gift for the hardcore book lover [The Paper Garden is] more than a beautiful glimpse at Delany's very interesting life . . . a considered and shared contempla
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About Molly Peacock

Molly Peacock is the award-winning author of five volumes of poetry, including The Second Blush, and a memoir, Paradise, Piece by Piece. Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and the Times Literary Supplement. A transplanted New Yorker, she lives in Toronto
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1,157 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
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4 34% (393)
3 24% (273)
2 6% (75)
1 3% (35)
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