Another Language of Flowers

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George Braziller Publishers, 1998 - Art - 64 pages
Twelve imaginary blooms on twelve canvases - one for each

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Contents

Starry Venusweed
3
Windivort 31 Burnt Umbrage
10
Griefbane
14
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

She was born in Galesburg, Illinois, in 1910 & learned to paint by visiting art museums. She attended Knox college, studied art in Chicago & in 1935 moved to New York City, where she supported herself with advertising art & painted in her spare time. A preoccupation with architecture, especially doors, windows & deep tunneling spaces, is a keynote of her style. Before & after her marriage to Max ernst she was occupied with stage & costume design for the likes of George Balachine & others.

James Merrill was born in New York and attended Amherst College, where he later spent a year teaching English. An extensive traveler, he has lived in Italy and now divides his time between Stonington, Connecticut, and Greece. In "First Poems" (1951), "Merrill's images derive from both symbolist and metaphysical sources - substances such as glass, crystal, and flint are linked with apparatuses of one kind or another (compasses, barometers, spectrums, and hourglasses) and he speaks of the machinery of light and the machinery of decay" (Louise Bogan, New Yorker). "Nights and Days" (1966) won Merrill a 1967 National Book Award for "his scrupulous and uncompromising cultivation of the poetic art, evidenced in his refusal to settle for an easy and profitable stance." Merrill's play "The Immortal Husband" has been performed off-Broadway. He has also written two novels, "The Seraglio" (1957), about an aging businessman, and "The (Diblos) Notebook" (1965), which was a runner-up for the 1966 National Book Award in fiction. His epic poem "The Changing Light at Sandover" (1982) is one of the most impressive long poems written since the era of the modernist masters. It secures Merrill's place as one of the preeminent poets of his generation and certainly one of the most ambitiously inventive writers of the postwar decades.

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