award-winning poet Molly Peacock: a biography of Mary Delaney, who
began creating botanical "mosaics" at age 72 in the 18th century --but
this book is so much more than that. Readers will be intrigued by
Peacock's identification with Delaney, and the parallels between their
lives. Peacock's writing is breathtaking, as are the enclosed
reproductions of Delaney's artwork (those are collages, not paintings!).
There's a little bit of everything for everyone here: biography, art,
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 Peacockis the award-winning author of five volumes of poetry, including The Second Blush, and a memoir, Paradise, Pieceby Piece. Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and the Times Literary Supplement. A transplanted New Yorker, she lives in Toronto.