Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation Across Two Centuries

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers. New York Society Library and the Foundation for Landscape Studies in association with David R. Godine, $27.95 (284p) ISBN 978-1-56792-440-4
Published to accompany an exhibit at the New York Society Library, this colloquium offers a delightful introduction to more than 40 classic garden writers. Rogers (Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History), a legendary park preservationist best-known for her work championing the renovation of New York's Central Park, offers thoughtful selections from 200 years of garden writing. There are nurserymen, novelists, humorists, philosophers, statesmen, and journalists in this eclectic group. Some members of this pantheon, such as Thomas Jefferson and Edith Wharton, will be familiar to all readers. Others, such as Beverley Nichols, may be known only to true gardening cognoscenti. All are masters of this literary genre. Rogers provides an intimate and illuminating introduction to each writer, highlighting the special appeal, idiosyncratic perspectives, and delightful charms of each. She has also included photographs and drawings from their original works. This is an appreciation that will pique any garden lover's interest in further reading. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/31/2011
Release date: 10/01/2011
Genre: Nonfiction
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