- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1 edition (April 24, 2012)
A beautifully written biography from an internationally acclaimed poet, The Paper Garden is at once the story of an extraordinary eighteenth-century woman and a “graceful meditation on botany, nature, life and age” (New York Times Book Review).
In 1772, upon the death of her second husband, Mary Delany arose from her grief, picked up a pair of scissors, and, at the age of seventy-two, created a new art form: mixed-media collage. Over the next decade, Mrs. Delany produced an astonishing 985 botanically correct, breathtaking cut-paper flowers, now housed in the British Museum and referred to as the Flora Delanica. As she tracks the extraordinary life of Delany—friend of George Frideric Handel and Jonathan Swift—internationally acclaimed poet Molly Peacock weaves in delicate parallels in her own life and, in doing so, creates a profound and beautiful examination of the nature of creativity and art. This gorgeously designed book, featuring thirty-five full-color illustrations, is to be devoured as voraciously as one of the court dinners it describes.
Praise for The Paper Garden:
“Delany’s story abounds with energy as Peacock brings her alive. Like her glorious multilayered collages, Delany is so vivid a character she almost jumps from the page.”—New York Times Book Review
“A beautifully designed, eye-catching book … [The Paper Garden] is a celebration of second chances and the possibility—so attractive to those of a certain age—of an unexpected blossoming late in life … Here, then, is not only an introduction to a unique artist, but also a whole bouquet of thoughts and observations about the flow of life.”—Washington Post
“Physically beautiful and emotionally transporting … A sumptuous bounty of gorgeous words, striking mosaics and a spirit of joy.”—Chicago Tribune
To learn more about The Paper Garden, please visit the book’s website HERE.
Read an excerpt of The Paper Garden HERE.
“An intriguing, evocative aesthetic experience. A lyrical, meditative rumination on art and the blossoming beauty of self that can be the gift of age and love.” —Kirkus Reviews
Molly Peacock is the award-winning author of five volumes of poetry, including The Second Blush. Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and the Times Literary Supplement. Among her other works are How to Read a Poem . . . and Start a Poetry Circle and a memoir, Paradise, Piece by Piece. Peacock is currently the poetry editor of the Literary Review of Canada and the general series editor of The Best Canadian Poetry in English. A transplanted New Yorker, she lives in Toronto.
Visit Molly Peacock’s website atwww.mollypeacock.org.
Molly Peacock’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, April 30th: Mockingbird Hill Cottage
Wednesday, May 2nd: Bookfoolery and Babble
Monday, May 7th: BookNAround
Wednesday, May 9th: The Whimsical Cottage
Monday, May 14th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Saturday, May 19th: A Life Sustained
Tuesday, May 22nd: Boarding in My Forties
Wednesday, May 23rd: Book Club Classics!
Thursday, May 24th: Luxury Reading
Tuesday, May 29th: Suko’s Notebook
Friday, June 1st: Savvy Verse and Wit