Saturday 15 January 2011

The Paper Garden

Finished January 15
The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany {Begins Her Life's Work} at 72 by Molly Peacock
This is a very different book than I expected. Peacock has taken 13 of the 985 works that Delany made and used them to illustrate her life.
Each work is the focus of a chapter, and each chapter moves through Mrs. Delany's life from childhood through old age. Each chapter also follows Peacock's writing of this book, from her first awareness of the wonderful art created by Mrs. Delany to the completion of this book.
It is a fascinating structure for a biography, a revival of awareness in this amazing set of artwork, and the inspiration that leads a writer to her subject.
Wonderful, unexpected, and enlightening.

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