The Paper Garden

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The Paper Garden

The Paper Garden

An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72

  • Author: Molly Peacock
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • ISBN: 1608196984
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 416
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Mary Delany was seventy-two years old when she noticed a petal drop from a geranium. In a flash of inspiration, she picked up her scissors and cut out a paper replica of the petal, inventing the art of collage. It was the summer of 1772, in England. During the next ten years she completed nearly a thousand cut-paper botanicals (which she called mosaicks) so accurate that botanists still refer to them. Poet-biographer Molly Peacock uses close-ups of these brilliant collages in The Paper Garden to track the extraordinary life of Delany, friend of Swift, Handel, Hogarth, and even Queen Charlotte and King George III. How did this remarkable role model for late blooming manage it? After a disastrous teenage marriage to a drunken sixty-one-year-old squire, she took control of her own life, pursuing creative projects, spurning suitors, and gaining friends. At forty-three, she married Jonathan Swift's friend Dr. Patrick Delany, and lived in Ireland in a true expression of midlife love. But after twenty-five years and a terrible lawsuit, her husband died. Sent into a netherland of mourning, Mrs. Delany was rescued by her friend, the fabulously wealthy Duchess of Portland. The Duchess introduced Delany to the botanical adventurers of the day and a bonanza of exotic plants from Captain Cook's voyage, which became the inspiration for her art. Peacock herself first saw Mrs. Delany's work more than twenty years before she wrote The Paper Garden, but "like a book you know is too old for you," she put the thought of the old woman away. She went on to marry and cherish the happiness of her own midlife, in a parallel to Mrs. Delany, and by chance rediscovered the mosaicks decades later. This encounter confronted the poet with her own aging and gave her-and her readers-a blueprint for late-life flexibility, creativity, and change.

Paper Gardens

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Paper Gardens

Paper Gardens

A Stroll through French Literature

  • Author: Evelyne Bloch-Dano
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • ISBN: 0813940273
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 240
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From Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Marcel Proust, from Marguerite Duras to George Sand, from Colette to Patrick Modiano, gardens appear in novels as representations of the real world, but also as reflections of the imagination. In Paper Gardens: A Stroll through French Literature, Évelyne Bloch-Dano contemplates the role of the garden in the work of great prose writers, ruminating on how the garden can variously symbolize a reflection of the soul, a well-earned rest, an improving form of work, a nostalgia for childhood, and the dream of an ideal world. The charming and erudite first section focuses on history and is devoted to types of gardens ranging from the biblical Garden of Eden to English parklands; the second perceptively considers their role in literary works. Concealed within these cultivated wanderings is also an element of autobiography. Lovers of literature and gardening alike will fall in love with this beautifully written meditation.

Byzantine Garden Culture

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Byzantine Garden Culture

Byzantine Garden Culture

  • Author: Antony Robert Littlewood,Henry Maguire,Emeritus Professor of Art at Johns Hopkins University Henry Maguire,Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn
  • Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks
  • ISBN: 9780884022800
  • Category: History
  • Page: 260
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Individual essays discuss Byzantine conceptions of paradise, the textual evidence for monastic horticulture, animal and game parks, herbs in medicinal pharmacy, and the famous illustrated copy of Dioskorides's herbal manual in Vienna. An opening chapter explores questions and observations from the point of view of a non-Byzantine garden historian, and the closing chapter suggests possible directions for future scholarship in the field.

Jade Woman

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Jade Woman

Jade Woman

  • Author: Jonathan Gash
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1472119576
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 192
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Hong Kong - one of the world's most exciting and colourful cities. The Triads - violent, secretive and totally ruthless, their Hong Kong is a city no tourist dare visit. The Jade Women - famed for their beauty, they possess charms few men can resist... Which proves to be a highly combustible mix for Lovejoy - East Anglia's hottest antique dealer - on the run from some sticky problems back home. But for someone with no money and no passport, Hong Kong can be an alarmingly dangerous place. Especially when the Triads get involved and Lovejoy finds himself caught up in their dangerous world of artistic fakery and... murder. Praise for Jonathan Gash: 'Irrepressible... bounteous entertainment' Sunday Times 'Lovejoy is up to his old tricks again... compelling stuff' Today 'Unabashedly amoral, witty and crammed with treasures of every sort... Pure, unadulterated Lovejoy' Publishers Weekly

Home Gardens in Nepal

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Home Gardens in Nepal

Home Gardens in Nepal

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Bioversity International
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The Paper Chase

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The Paper Chase

The Paper Chase

  • Author: Julian Symons
  • Publisher: House of Stratus
  • ISBN: 1842329189
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 244
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Crime-writer Charles Applegate decided to set his second novel in a school. Taking a job at one to see was it like 'from the inside, ' Applegate found he was expected to do more than just people-watch. And when a murder took place, his skills as a detective writer were called upon as well. But real-life crime was to prove very different ...

A Paper-Pieced Garden

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A Paper-Pieced Garden

A Paper-Pieced Garden

27 Mix-and-Match Blocks Plus Unique Quilts

  • Author: Maaike Bakker,Francoise Maarse
  • Publisher: Martingale
  • ISBN: 1604682663
  • Category: Crafts & Hobbies
  • Page: 96
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Discover 27 truly lovely blocks featuring flowers, leaves, and spritely creatures of the garden such as squirrels and robins. You'll also find seven delightful quilt patterns that showcase these versatile blocks. Develop your skills with paper piecing, machine applique, and free-motion machine quilting Celebrate nature's abundance with color-splashed projects for spring, summer, winter, and fall View a fabulous photo gallery brimming with even more ideas for these extraordinary blocks

The Monthly Review

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The Monthly Review

The Monthly Review

  • Author: George Edward Griffiths
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Books
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The Paper Grail

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The Paper Grail

The Paper Grail

  • Author: James P. Blaylock
  • Publisher: Jabberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
  • ISBN: 1936535661
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 371
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The second thriller in the supernatural trilogy by the World Fantasy Award–winning author— An “intriguing and absorbing work from a major talent” (Kirkus Reviews). Howard Barton came to Mendocino in search of a folded scrap of paper. Not just any old scrap of paper, but one bearing what might be a sketch by the legendary Japanese artist, Hoku-sai. But Howard, unfortunately, is not the only one who wants the sketch . . . There’s old Heloise Lamey, whose lush and noxious garden is watered with blood, ink, and stranger substances. And the enigmatic Mr. Jimmers, the owner of a workshop that holds a bizarre invention designed to raise the dead. Even Howard’s Uncle Roy, a builder of haunted houses and founder of the Museum of Modern Mysteries, has an interest in the sketch. In Northern California, nothing is what it appears, but everything is connected— and Howard is led to a mysterious private war between secret, underground societies. Now he just needs to figure out whose side he’s on in the quest for the Paper Grail. “Blaylock redeems the familiarity of his plot with a gift for drawing characters who are eccentric in delightful and original ways, whichever side of the war they are on.” —Publishers Weekly “Blaylock ventures into the realm of magical realism as eccentric matrons and failed entrepreneurs assume mythic proportions in this witty and intelligent metaphysical novel. This crossover novel belongs equally well in literary and fantasy collections.” —Library Journal

The monthly review, or, literary journal

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The monthly review, or, literary journal

The monthly review, or, literary journal

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