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The gardens of Emily Dickinson

Author: Judith Farr; Louise Carter
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2004.
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This volume is a study of American poet Emily Dickinson's (1830-1886) devotion to flowers and gardening. The author casts 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 horticulture helped shape the poet's choice of metaphors for every experience: love and hate, wickedness and
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Farr, Judith.
Gardens of Emily Dickinson.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2004
(OCoLC)607069615
Named Person: Emily Dickinson; Emily Dickinson; Emily Dickinson; Emily Dickinson; Emily Dickinson; Emily Dickinson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Judith Farr; Louise Carter
ISBN: 0674012933 9780674012936
OCLC Number: 53289756
Description: xv, 350 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm.
Contents: Gardening in Eden --
The Woodland garden --
The enclosed garden --
The "garden in the Brain" --
Gardening with Emily Dickinson / Louise Carter.
Responsibility: Judith Farr with Louise Carter.

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Illustrated throughout and written with verve, this text will provide pleasure and insight to a wide audience of scholars, admirers of Dickinson's poetry and garden lovers everywhere.  Read more...

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Farr...shows that Dickinson's use of flower imagery drew on first-hand experience in the garden and conservatory. She was a passionate gardener, 'able to envision every season and flower at will, ' Read more...

 
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