Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life

Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life

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From New York Times bestselling author Marta McDowell, an illustrated exploration of how gardening and plants inspired Emily Dickinson, one of the most beloved poets of all time.

A new perspective on one of America's most enigmatic literary figures.

Emily Dickinson is among the most important of American poets, a beloved literary figure whose short, complex life continues to fascinate readers. But she was also an avid gardener and plant lover. In Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life, Marta McDowell traces Dickinson's life as gardener and reveals the many ways in which her passion for plants is evident in her extensive collection of poems and letters. The book follows Dickinson through an entire year in the garden.

You’ll learn that she forced hyacinth bulbs in winter, saved seeds in the summer, and pressed flowers to include in her correspondence. You will also find tips on how to plant a poet's garden and an annotated list of all of the plants Dickinson used. Packed with contemporary and historical photography, botanical illustrations, excerpts from Dickinson's letters, and some of her most cherished poetry, this revealing book is a must-read for Dickinson fans.

100 photographs and illustrations

About the Author

Marta McDowell lives, gardens, and writes in Chatham, New Jersey. She consults for public gardens and private clients, writes and lectures on gardening topics, and teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden, where she studied landscape design. Her particular interest is in authors and their gardens, the connection between the pen and the trowel.

ISBN: 9781604698220
ISBN-10: 1604698225
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st December 2019
Publisher: Timber Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 16.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.82
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Annotated