Onward and Upward in the Garden

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Beacon Press, 2002 - Gardening - 369 pages
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Katharine White began working atThe New Yorkerin 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 inThe New Yorkerover 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 Gardenis 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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A compilation of Katharine S. White's essays on gardening, collected into a single volume after her death and published with a gem of an introduction by her husband, one E.B. White. Who, other than ... Read full review

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Legendary New Yorker fiction editor Katherine White, gifted and much-loved, wrote these essays on gardening for the New Yorker. They were collected for publication after her death by her husband, E.B ... Read full review

Contents

A Romp in the Catalogues
3
Floricordially Yours
21
Before the Frost
45
The Changing Rose the Enduring Cabbage
69
War in the Borders Peace m the Shrubbery
103
Green Thoughts in a Green Shade
129
For the Recreation fc? Delight of the Inhabitants
159
An Idea Which We Have Called Nature
193
The Flower Arrangers
241
More about the Arrangers
271
Winter Reading Winter Dreams
297
Winterthur and Winter Book Fare
313
Knots and Arboursand Books
333
Afterword by Jamaica Kincaid
357
Seedsmen and Nurserymen
361
Books in Print
367

The MillionDollar Book
219

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Katharine S. White (1896-1977) was fiction editor atThe New Yorkerfrom 1925 to 1959. She and her husband, E. B. White, lived in New York City and North Brooklin, Maine.

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