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My Summer in a Garden, and Calvin: A Study of Character (Modern Library Gardening)

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Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900) was an American essayist and novelist. He worked with a surveying party in Missouri; studied law at the University of Pennsylvania; practiced in Chicago; was assistant editor (1860) and editor (1861-1867) of The Hartford Press, and after The Press was merged into The Hartford Courant, was co-editor with Joseph R Hawley; in 1884 he joined t ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Dodo Press (first published 1871)
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Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is written in two sections: one was a study of the author's garden broken down into weekly development in 1870, and the other was a tribute in memory of his late beloved cat and written in 1880.
My friend, a former English faculty member who is an avid master gardener had this short book on her to-read list, so I had to look into it and loved it. At first, since the language and structure is a little stilted in comparison to today's usage I had a little trouble; however, it eventually becam
This is a lighthearted and funny collection of essays about the author's summer of gardening and all the problems he ran into. And there is quite alot about his amazing cat. Really, the cat was awesome. He got a whole chapter that I'm not ashamed to report brought tears to my eyes. Free from Amazon for Kindle, though was as good as Beverley Nichols' garden books. These were American and about an edible garden. The bits about the naughty neighbor kids who ate all his goodies before he could have ...more
Summer Larson
Oct 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have found a kindred spirit in Charles Dudley Warner. The bad news is that he has been dead for 100 years like most of my literary kindred spirits. The good news is that he was a close friend of Mark Twain which means maybe I would have been as well if circumstances had allowed. This funny collection of essays hooked me from the first paragraph: "The love of dirt is among the earliest of passions, as it is the latest. Mud pies gratify one of our first and best instincts. So long as we are dirt ...more
Christina Bellamy
Sep 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My OH son gave me this little book as he knows me well in this realm of reading about gardening. Charles Dudley Warner, a 19th cent. journalist writes about much more than nicotiana: "The garden thus becomes a moral agent, a test of character, as it was in the beginning". Ah, so.
Elena T.
“Ogni libro che interpreta la scienza segreta di campi e giardini, ogni saggio che avvicina gli uomini alla comprensione dei misteri che gli alberi sussurrano, i ruscelli mormorano, le erbacce, persino, accennano, è un contributo al benessere e alla felicità della nostra specie”.

Amico e collega di Mark Twain, Charles D. Warner scrive da Nook Farm, Hartford, nell’ ottobre 1870. L’amore per la vita agreste, il trarre piacere dalla quotidianità del vivere tra flora e fauna e l’animo che trepida per
C Pure
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Published in 1870, Charles Dudley Warner’s My Summer in a Garden is a must have for any gardener. We follow Charles and his cat Calvin in this humorous weekly account of his garden adventures. As an editor and writer Warner’s observations of gardening are timeless and is just as relevant today as it was 14o plus years ago. As an amateur gardener, Warner goes through garden woes such as pesky children, the neighbors chickens and the weeds that grow “as if the devil were in them” but he reminds us ...more
I picked this up in part because Michael Pollan is the series editor. The essays were orginally written as chatty newspaper gardening columns, and that makes this a good piecemeal read. The language is not modern, but is very accessible despite the age of the pieces, and exudes a quaint literary patina.
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A joy to read. Warner has John Burroughs' depth and sensitivity, and adds value with humor and style. Totally enjoyable. I'm now reading Warner's 'In the Wilderness' and the first few vignettes have been just wonderful.
Jun 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Late 1800's take on gardenng...some things don't change much! Really enjoyed the authors commentary and could not resist reading passages out loud to whichever unfortunate family member happened to be in the room at the time. Bless 'em, they thought it was funny too.
Jennifer Johnson
So deliciously witty and wise. Anyone who has spent a summer cultivating a garden will appreciate Warner's conclusions and tongue in cheek theories. Loved every week of this sage memoir. Laughed out loud again and again.
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An amusing quick read.
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*about halfway through*
CDW has a great sense of humor :-)
Sofar I'm really enjoying this.
May 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gardening
Purslane, which he calls pursley, a problem then, a problem now.
Oct 06, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
I love to garden so I thought I would love this book.I didn't and I was pretty much falling asleep whenever I started to read it.
This is a charming and humourous book about life in the early 1900's. It's really quite irresistable, once you get into it.
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved his sense of humor.
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Charles Dudley Warner was an American essayist, novelist, and friend of Mark Twain, with whom he co-authored the novel The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today.

Warner travelled widely, lectured frequently, and was actively interested in prison reform, city park supervision, and other movements for the public good. He was the first president of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and, at the time of
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