Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life

The Plants and Places That Inspired the Iconic Poet

By Marta McDowell

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.
 

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“In these pages, you are beside Emily Dickinson’s elbow—feeling the dense heat of summer, noting the gay attire of the scarlet runner beans, learning the skills of an ultra-observant plantswoman, finding the poetry in nature.” —Tovah Martin, horticulturist, lecturer, and author of The Garden in Every Sense and Season

Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life evokes the vibrant, vanishing world of the poet’s nineteenth century and reminds us of our still more charged responsibilities as twenty-first-century gardeners.” —Marta Werner, professor of English, Loyola University, Chicago

“This engaging book imagines our great poet’s days among her plants and flowers.”—Judith Farr, author of The Gardens of Emily Dickinson
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Number of pages
268
Publication date
October 01, 2019
ISBN
9781604698220