The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72 (Paperback)
In 1772, upon the death of her second husband, Mary Delany arose from her grief, picked up a pair of scissors, and, at the age of seventy-two, created a new art form: mixed-media collage. Over the next decade, Mrs. Delany produced an astonishing 985 botanically correct, breathtaking cut-paper flowers, now housed in the British Museum and referred to as the Flora Delanica. As she tracks the extraordinary life of Delany—friend of George Frideric Handel and Jonathan Swift—internationally acclaimed poet Molly Peacock weaves in delicate parallels in her own life and, in doing so, creates a profound and beautiful examination of the nature of creativity and art. This gorgeously designed book, featuring thirty-five full-color illustrations, is to be devoured as voraciously as one of the court dinners it describes.
About the Author
Molly Peacock is an acclaimed poet, essayist, and creative nonfiction writer. Her latest work of nonfiction is The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72. Her most recent collection of poems is The Second Blush. As President of the Poetry Society of America, Molly Peacock was one of the creators of New York's Poetry in Motion program; co-editing Poetry In Motion: One Hundred Poems from the Subways and Buses. She serves as a Faculty Mentor at the Spalding University Brief Residency MFA Program and is also the Series Editor of The Best Canadian Poetry in English.
Alan Peacock is Reader in Primary Science Education at the University of Exeter.
Ailie Cleghorn is Director of the Educational Studies Masters Program at Concordia University.