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Molly Peacock

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in Buffalo, New York, The United States
June 30

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Molly Peacock is a widely anthologized poet, biographer, memoirist, and New Yorker transplanted to Toronto, her adopted city.

Her newest book of poems is THE ANALYST (W.W. Norton & Company) where she takes up a unique task: telling the story of her psychotherapist who survived a stroke by reconnecting with her girlhood talent for painting. Peacock’s latest work of nonfiction is THE PAPER GARDEN: MRS. DELANY BEGINS HER LIFE'S WORK AT 72, a Canadian bestseller, named a Book of the Year by The Economist, The Globe and Mail, The Irish Times, The London Evening Standard and Booklist, published in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. “Like her glorious and multilayered collages, Delany is so vivid a character she almost jumps from the p
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The Paper Garden: Mrs. Dela...

3.87 avg rating — 1,070 ratings — published 2010 — 15 editions
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Paradise, Piece by Piece

3.99 avg rating — 139 ratings — published 1998 — 6 editions
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How to Read a Poem...: and ...

4.01 avg rating — 91 ratings — published 1999 — 5 editions
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Cornucopia: New and Selecte...

4.03 avg rating — 73 ratings — published 2002 — 2 editions
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The Second Blush: Poems

4.01 avg rating — 77 ratings — published 2008 — 6 editions
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Alphabetique, or Tales of t...

3.77 avg rating — 69 ratings — published 2014 — 4 editions
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Original Love: Poems

3.86 avg rating — 49 ratings — published 1995 — 2 editions
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The Analyst: Poems

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Take Heart

3.83 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 1989 — 2 editions
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Raw Heaven: Poems

3.80 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 1984 — 2 editions
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"How have I escaped ever knowing about the woman who invented collage? And where was I when the buzz began in 2010 about Molly Peacock’s extraordinary biography of her? I found both artists by accident, browsing through paperbacks piled on a table bes" Read more of this review »
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"This was, to be honest (if a little corny), inspirational. I recommend this to anyone who feels they may be a late-bloomer. This book is a celebration of coming into one’s own despite all the fetters of their era, both in public and personal spheres." Read more of this review »
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“Is being burnt a requisite for the making of art? Personally, I don't think it is. But art is poultice for a burn. It is a privilege to have, somewhere within you, a capacity for making something speak from your own seared experience.”
Molly Peacock, The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life's Work at 72

“But if a role model in her seventies isn't layered with contradictions - as we all come to be - then what good is she? Why bother to cut the silhouette of another's existence and place it against our own if it isn't as incongruous, ambiguous, inconsistent, and paradoxical as our own lives are?”
Molly Peacock, The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72

“The secret of marriage is thinking that your partner is better than yourself.”
Molly Peacock, The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life's Work at 72

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