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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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Daphne
Dec 14, 2009 Daphne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-keep
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.
Cliff Davis
Jul 25, 2012 Cliff Davis rated it it was amazing
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.
Paula
Feb 14, 2017 Paula rated it really liked it
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
TheLavenderGarden
Feb 03, 2015 TheLavenderGarden rated it really liked it
Shelves: garden
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
Gail
Mar 28, 2013 Gail rated it liked it
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.
Marilyn
Jan 22, 2013 Marilyn rated it it was ok
I give up... this plods ar best through the muiltitude of meanings of individual flowers. Maybe some other time it will strike my fancy.
Brittney
Nov 04, 2010 Brittney rated it liked it
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.
Judith Cartisano
May 19, 2016 Judith Cartisano rated it liked it
Goodness this was a slow read. Although I found much of the information interesting, the book was just too dry for me.
Christine Calabrese
Feb 22, 2013 Christine Calabrese rated it liked it
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."
Sandra
Aug 02, 2012 Sandra rated it liked it
How many ways can the author say, "She loved flowers?"....
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