The Wildest Place on Earth: Italian Gardens and the Invention of Wilderness

The Wildest Place on Earth: Italian Gardens and the Invention of Wilderness

by John Hanson Mitchell

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Overview

This is the ironic story of how Italian Renaissance and Baroque gardens encouraged the preservation of the American wilderness and ultimately fostered the creation of the world’s first national park system. Told via Mitchell’s sometimes disastrous and humorous travels—from the gardens of southern Italy up through Tuscany and the lake island gardens—the book is filled with history, folklore, myths, and legends of Western Europe, including a detailed history of the labyrinth, a common element in Renaissance gardens. In his attempt to understand the Italian garden in detail, Mitchell set out to create one on his own property—with a labyrinth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611687743
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 04/22/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

JOHN HANSON MITCHELL is the author of five books based on a single square mile known as Scratch Flat, as well as two travel books and the biography of the early African American landscape photographer Robert A. Gilbert. A winner of the John Burroughs Award for his nature essays, Mitchell was founder and editor of Sanctuary magazine, published by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. In 2000 he won the New England Book Award in nonfiction for his Scratch Flat series. He lives in Littleton, Massachusetts, the location of Scratch Flat.

Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition • Prologue • Contact • The Great Forest • In a Green Shade • The Genteel Romantics • Italian Reveries • Into the Wild • The Italian Debt • The Cathedral in the Pines • The Fate of the Earth • Backyard Serengeti • Epilogue: The Persistence of Pan

What People are Saying About This

Roger B. Swain

"Think of this book as Pan-theism in its purest sense. Through a labyrinth of continents and centuries, Mitchell seeks the soul of wildness guided always by the faint randy odor of this Lord of the Wood. The spirit may be ancient, but the trail is fresh, as Mitchell finds it leading to his very doorstep. To follow in his footsteps is to be similarly amazed." -- editor of Horticulture magazine and host of PBS's "The Victory Garden"

Michael Pollan

"I read the book straight through with enormous, mounting pleasure and deepening admiration. It's extremely original, beautifully written, and full of provocative ideas." -- Author of Botany of Desire

Michael Pollan

“I read the book straight through with enormous mounting pleasure and deepening admiration. It’s extremely original, beautifully written, and full of provocative ideas.”

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