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The Gardens of Emily Dickinson

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In this first substantial study of Emily Dickinson's devotion to flowers and gardening, Judith Farr seeks to join both poet and gardener in one creative personality. She casts new light on Dickinson's temperament, her aesthetic sensibility, and her vision of the relationship between art and nature, revealing that the successful gardener's intimate understanding of horticul ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Harvard University Press (first published April 30th 2004)
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This is my favorite biography of Emily Dickinson. It says just enough, but not too much, about who this wonderful woman might have been. The fact that the hardcover edition is filled with incredible pictures and descriptions of Dickinson's garden is, of course, an added delight. Farr's book is a treaure.
As a garden lover myself, I really appreciated this book for its love letter to all things nature, gardens and flowers. As a somewhat reclusive character, there is something about the stillness of a garden that perfectly mirrors Miss Dickinson's life. Too often I feel that people have been unfairly critical towards Emily Dickinson's life. This book puts into persepective the whole idea that just like a flower who flourishes when in the right environment, Emily Dickinson's talent, also blossomed ...more
Cliff Davis
I've always thought of Emily Dickinson only as the mysterious author of obscure and hard-to-understand poetry. Through this beautiful book, I've come to know her much better and to appreciate her genius and her love of life much better.
Emily Dickinson seemed a very unusual and strange woman for the time period she lived in. I think she would have fit into our present society much better, and possibly would have had a more fulfilling life.
Very informative yet highly subjective. Farr also uses quotation marks way too often. I have to think there is a better way for going about what she wants to accomplish.
Christine Calabrese
I'd rate this book higher if the soft-copy didn't have to constantly refer to the hard-copy: " to see picture, refer to printed version of book."
I give up... this plods ar best through the muiltitude of meanings of individual flowers. Maybe some other time it will strike my fancy.
How many ways can the author say, "She loved flowers?"....
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