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The Gardens of Emily Dickinson
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.
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.
Words and reproductions of Emily's beloved flowers - what an ingenious way to put together ethereal and earthy structures to reconstruct the beauty of a poet who let her soul touch so many poems. The book itself is an impressive floral landscape. In the love poems, the garden stays as a symbol for the delight spread by romantic feelings. I liked the images from Dickinson' s ' Herbariums', which so clearly tell us about a profound passion for flowers- she meticulously labeled more than 400 flower ...more
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