American Garden Writing, Expanded Edition

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American Garden Writing features the letters, travel journals, essays, natural histoires, and seed catalogues of over 50 authors, including Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Olmsted (who designed Central Park), Henry David Thoreau, and Edith Wharton. With topics ranging from the decorative gardens of yesteryear to the ecological concerns of today, these pieces evoke the pastoral and social environments of their time. This expanded edition contains new pieces from diane Ackerman, Joan Dye Gussow, Jamaica Kincaid, Janet ...
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Overview

American Garden Writing features the letters, travel journals, essays, natural histoires, and seed catalogues of over 50 authors, including Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Olmsted (who designed Central Park), Henry David Thoreau, and Edith Wharton. With topics ranging from the decorative gardens of yesteryear to the ecological concerns of today, these pieces evoke the pastoral and social environments of their time. This expanded edition contains new pieces from diane Ackerman, Joan Dye Gussow, Jamaica Kincaid, Janet Marinelli, Gary Paul Nabhan, Michael Polan, Sara B. Stein, Peg Streep, Alice Waters, and William Woys Weaver.
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Editorial Reviews

Bookwatch
An impressive and inherently fascinating collection of excerpts from classical and distinguished literature celebrating the inspiration, interplay of art and nature, and bounty of the garden.
American Gardener
Gardeners will find American garden history served up in thick, delicious slices. This collection allows us to see how we came to garden as we do.
Marietta Daily Journal - Susan Banks
Featuring the garden ruminations of such luminaries as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, this is a great little night-table book for someone who would like a little garden gossip before bed.
Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, Lufkin News - Judy Morgan
The book, dedicated "to the anonymous gardener," offers a collection of more than 50 pieces taken from travel journals, letters, personal essays and even seed catalogs that highlight our interest in gardening from colonial times to the present. I don't know about anyone else, but I enjoy reading about flowers, gardens, gardening, etc. It relaxes me and fills my head with pleasant thoughts.
Worcester Telegram and Gazette - Paul Rogers
Offers a broad perspective of the trials and the joys of gardening. Landscape architects such as Frederick Law Olmsted, Andrew Jackson Downing and Beatrix Farrand share the pages of this book with Thomas Jefferson, Henry David Thoreau, Roger Swain, J.I. Rodale, George Washington, and about 50 others sharing their thoughts on the green world.
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In American Garden Writing: An Anthology, edited by Bonnie Marranca, gardeners will find American garden history served up in thick, delicious slices. From George Washington to J.I. Rodale, this collection allows us to see how we came to garden as we do.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589790230
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 428
  • Product dimensions: 0.95 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie Marranca, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, lives in Catskill, New York.
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