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Onward and Upward in the Garden
     

Onward and Upward in the Garden

by White, E. B. White (Editor)
 

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Katharine White began working at The New Yorker in 1925, the year of its founding, and was an editor there for thirty-four years, shaping the careers of such writers as John O'Hara, Vladimir Nabokov, and Jean Stafford. Throughout and beyond those years she was also a gardener. In 1958, when her job as editor was coming to a close, White wrote the first of a series

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Katharine White began working at The New Yorker in 1925, the year of its founding, and was an editor there for thirty-four years, shaping the careers of such writers as John O'Hara, Vladimir Nabokov, and Jean Stafford. Throughout and beyond those years she was also a gardener. In 1958, when her job as editor was coming to a close, White wrote the first of a series of fourteen garden pieces that appeared in The New Yorker over the next twelve years. The poet Marianne Moore originally persuaded White that these pieces would make a fine book, but it wasn't until after her death in 1977 that her husband, E. B. White, assembled them into this now classic collection.

Whether White is discussing her favorite garden catalogs, her disdain for oversized flower hybrids, or the long rich history of gardening, she never fails to delight readers with her humor, lively criticism, and beautiful prose. But to think of Katharine White simply as a gardener, cautioned E. B. White in his introduction to the book, would be like insisting that Ben Franklin was simply a printer. Katharine White had vast and varied interests in addition to gardening and she brought them all to bear in the writing of these remarkable essays.

Onward and Upward in the Garden is an essential book of enduring appeal for writers and gardeners in every generation. Intensely personal and charged with emotion, the essays remain timeless. Now in this new edition, White can be read and appreciated anew.

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Booknews
Presents a series of 14 lovely garden pieces written by editor, writer, and avid gardener Katharine White (1896-1977); they appeared in between 1958 and 1970. The collection was last reprinted in 1979. This edition includes White's husband E.B. White's delightful introduction and a brief but gorgeous afterword by Jamaica Kincaid, written in 1996. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865475052
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
02/01/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
369
Product dimensions:
5.55(w) x 8.19(h) x 1.08(d)

Meet the Author

Katharine S. White (1896-1977) was fiction editor at The New Yorker from 1925 to 1958. She was married to E. B. White and lived in New York City and North Brooklin, Maine.

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